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Canadian bishops’ agency funds Syria aid



(Vatican Radio) The Canadian bishops’ humanitarian agency, with support from the Canadian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, will provide $5.4 million in aid to victims of the Syria crisis.

The funds are slated for health services, sanitation and shelter for the internally displaced in Syria and for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is getting its aid to those in need through its partnerships with Caritas Lebanon, Caritas Jordan and local organizations in Syria.

“The Catholics of our country have been very generous in responding to the appeal by Pope Francis and the bishops of Canada, and in showing support for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the war in Syria,” said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the CCCB.

Michael Casey, executive director of Development and Peace, stated that Syria represents “one of the worst refugee and humanitarian crises happening in the world today”.

With few signs of the crisis ending, the organization has stated it will continue to support those affected with funds raised through its appeal.

The crisis to date has created two million refugees in neighbouring countries and an estimated five million displaced people within Syria.




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