"We can no longer turn our heads away from the human suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.”
Link to full encyclical letter provided.
The initial targets of CRS aid will be the thousands in need of shelter.
“The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness.”
According to Amnesty International, at least 2,000 women have been abducted in 38 mass kidnappings in northeast Nigeria since the start of 2014.
Read Pope Francis' homily and see photos from Palm Sunday liturgies around the world.
'Our brothers shed their blood solely because they are Christians.'
People in the area “are very happy” to hear about the conversation between the Pope and their priest, Father Benoka said, noting that “they were very struck and said that we really needed this.”
“Jim would never want us to hate or be bitter. We’re praying for the strength to love like he did” Diane Foley, mother of James Foley