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Resolution by the Catholic Bishops of Canada on Refugees as Issued by the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (18 September 2015)

Please click here for a link to the statement in English [PDF].
Please click here for a link to the statement in French [PDF].
 


The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has endorsed a joint fundraising campaign aimed at involving all the Church in Canada in order to assist Syrian refugees seeking shelter and protection in the Middle East and parts of Europe. The joint campaign, already being supported by Bishops across the country, involves the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and PeaceAid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, and CNEWA Canada.

Click here for a link to the statement [PDF]


New Statement Regarding Syrian Relief Fund

Dear Clergy, Consecrated Religious and Lay Faithful:

Almost daily the media presents us with the heart-wrenching stories of Syrian refugees seeking shelter and protection in the Middle East and parts of Europe.  As on many occasions in the past, we are once again being called upon to assist our brothers and sisters in need.  

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has endorsed a joint campaign aimed at involving all the Church in Canada in order to assist Syrian refugees.  This campaign involves the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and PeaceAid to the Church in Need (ACN) and CNEWA Canada.

The Government of Canada announced on September 12th it has established the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.  Every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria will be matched by the government, for up to $100 million, effective immediately and until December 31, 2015.

I hereby authorize a special collection for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace to be taken up in all parishes on the weekend of October 3-4, 2015.  Development and Peace works with Caritas Internationalis to provide emergency assistance in this and similar crises.  

Thank you for your generosity in response to this appeal.

Sincerely in Christ and Mary Immaculate,

+Douglas Crosby, OMI

(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI

Bishop of Hamilton


Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Open Letter to Canadian Catholics from Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Click here for a PDF of the letter (in English)

Click here for a PDF of the letter (in French)

(CNS photo/Marko Djurica, Reuters)