Ecuador Update

Thank you for supporting our emergency collection for Ecuador. Development and Peace – Caritas Canada wishes to thank those who made a gift to help our sisters and brothers affected by the earthquake in Ecuador. Through your generosity $165,150.18 was collected in our parishes. If you did not have a chance to make your donation, you can still donate directly at devp.org/give.

 

Fort McMurray Fire

June 17, 2016

Thank you to our generous parishioners who supported our special second collection! We have raised $119,856.13 for Fort McMurray. All proceeds will go to the Diocese of St. Paul, Alta.

 

May 12, 2016

Archbishop Miller has approved a special collection in response to the wildfire disaster in Fort McMurray and surrounding region. A special second collection will be taken up at weekend Masses on May 21/22 and proceeds will go to the Diocese of St. Paul, Alta.

Bishop Paul Terrio has confirmed that half of contributions will go to assisting local Catholic parishes and parishioners, while the other half will be forwarded to the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association for ecumenical assistance to those who have lost homes and jobs.

 

May 10, 2016

Archbishop Miller released the following statement on the Fort McMurray fire. Read the full statement here.

For those who wish to help the people of Fort McMurray immediately, please consider making a donation to:

  • crc_logo_enCanadian Red Cross
    Phone: 1-800-418-1111
    Online: www.redcross.ca/donate 
    Canadian Red Cross
    P.O. Box 39
    Saint John, NB
    E2L 3X3

The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta have both announced they will match individual donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for those affected by the wildfires in and surrounding Fort McMurray.

 

  • Diocese of St. Paul
    Mail cheque to:Diocese_of_St.PaulMs. Janice Atwal
    Financial Officer
    Diocese of St. Paul
    4410 – 51st Avenue
    St. Paul, AB  T0A 3A2
    Make cheque payable to Diocese of St Paul and in the memo line write Fort McMurray Fire

Bishop Paul Terrio of St. Paul Diocese has confirmed that one-half of any contributions will be to assist the Catholic parishes and parishioners of Fort McMurray, while the other half will be forwarded to the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association for ecumenical assistance to those who have lost homes and jobs.

Pope Francis and Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), have sent messages to St. Paul Bishop Terrio concerning the wildfire disaster in Fort McMurray and surrounding region.

Link to the message of Pope Francis (PDF)

Link to the letter of Bishop Crosby (PDF)

Ecuador

April 22, 2016

D&PEcuador_noteA violent earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck Ecuador on Saturday April 16, 2016.

Archbishop Miller is calling on the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver to join in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ecuador. A special second collection for Earthquake victims in Ecuador will be taken up at weekend Masses on May 7/8. Read Archbishop Miller’s letter to the faithful.

Development and Peace stands in solidarity with the people of Ecuador following devastating earthquake.

Please keep Ecuador in your prayers and give generously. To donate immediately, click here.

 

Syria

September 11, 2015

Archbishop Miller today announced a special collection for Syrian refugees. The Archdiocese is also extending its refugee sponsorship agreement to other Catholic dioceses in B.C.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we witness the overwhelming refugee crisis in Europe, Canadians are responding to this desperate need with a sincere desire to help. I welcome this generous spirit and encourage all people of good will across Canada to help by their financial support, volunteer action and prayer.

The Archdiocese of Vancouver has an ongoing refugee sponsorship program that has settled hundreds of refugees a year from Syria, Iraq and neighbouring countries. Local parishes have already submitted several dozen sponsorship applications to bring in refugee families. In addition, we are encouraging benefactors to provide monetary support for those now living in refugee camps.

The Archdiocese has extended its sponsorship agreement to include the Catholic Dioceses of Victoria, Nelson and Prince George. Both Victoria and Prince George have welcomed refugees from Syria this past year, and Nelson is now approved for its own private agreement. This past week we have entered into discussions with the Dioceses of Kamloops and Whitehorse to create similar arrangements.

To help immediately, I recommend the following Catholic organizations with active programs:

The Archdiocese of Vancouver will hold a special collection at all Masses the weekend of Oct. 4. Proceeds will be divided among D&P, CNEWA, and ACN.

It is vital that we continue to urge the Canadian government to do everything it can to improve the situation in these countries, as well as to streamline its often inefficient and cumbersome refugee sponsorship application process. If our nation’s doors are opened, we know we can unite many refugees with the numerous Canadians standing ready to assist these families in resettling in supportive communities.

Above all, I encourage you to pray for the Syrian people and faithful, placing their care and safety in God’s merciful hands.

Learn more about our Refugee Sponsorship Program here.

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Nepal

June 2, 2015

Great news! As of May 28, in response to the Nepal Earthquakes, $3,492,580.41 has been raised across Canada with our diocese contributing $458,448.49 to those funds.

Your contributions are helping to meet the greatest needs of victims for shelter, non-food items, water and sanitation, and hygiene kits, and will support the long-term priorities of the post-emergency and reconstruction phase.

Let us keep the people of Nepal in our prayers.

May 26, 2015

The Archdiocese of Vancouver has raised a total of $425,000 for Nepal. Thank you for your generous donation!

$360,000 came from special collections in our parishes and $65,000 came from online donations. The Canadian government will match this amount, dollar for dollar,

May 22, 2015

As of today, the Archdiocese of Vancouver has raised a total of $329,500 from special collections in our parishes. The Canadian government will match this amount, dollar for dollar, for Nepal.

Thank you for your generous donation!

April 25, 2015

A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal and part of neighboring India. More than 3,900 people are known to have died and the death toll is expected to rise in the coming hours and days.

An emergency collection for the needs of Nepal following the April 25 earthquake will be taken up on Sunday, May 10 at parishes within the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Read Archbishop Miller’s letter.

Development and Peace is receiving donations from the public to support the efforts of local organizations that meet the needs of victims. Donations will be matched by the government. Please give generously.

In the face of this tragedy, please pray for our sisters and brothers from Nepal and neighboring India:

NepalPrayer

Syria

November 19, 2014

As the Islamic State (ISIS) persecutes Christians in Iraq, and Christians in Syria flee from their homes, please pray for Aid to the Church in Need and take home one of the brochures you will find in your pews in coming weeks. Read a message from Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB here. pdf

Ebola Virus

Oct. 9, 2014

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, as well as Aid for the Church in Need – Canada, are involved in fundraising projects to help those in West Africa in their struggles with Ebola. Both organizations welcome financial contributions to assist in their efforts.

Iraq

Sept. 5, 2014

Gaza

Sept. 5, 2014

CCCB issues appeal for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world

Aug. 25, 2014CCCB

The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an appeal “for mercy, compassion and justice in the Middle East and throughout the world”.

In its message, the Executive states: “As followers of the Crucified One, we recognize particularly in the Middle East the sufferings of our own brothers and sisters in faith. Moved by their pains and afflictions, we make their cause our own. We are united with them in solidarity and faith.” The appeal is addressed “to all people – of every faith and in the name of good will, here in Canada and around the world – to do even more to assist the suffering of those in need.

Click the following links to view the full statement and appeal: English Version and French Version.

Emergency and Reconstruction Projects in the Middle East

Aug. 14, 2014

Three Canadian Catholic agencies are sponsoring a variety of reconstruction and emergency projects in the Middle East: Aid to the Church in Need (Canada), the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and CNEWA Canada. This outline provides information about what each agency is doing in Syria, Gaza and Iraq. Further details are available from the organizations through the links provided.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (CANADA)
Iraqi_childP.O. Box 670, Station H
Montreal, QC
H3G 2M6

Syria: Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, contributions from around the world to the international offices of Aid to the Church in Need have provided donations of more than US $4.7 million in support of projects for the internally displaced in Syria as well as for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. More information is provided on the website of Aid to the Church in Need (Canada).

Gaza: Aid to the Church in Need has committed $73,500 to support victims of the Gaza war. This is to provide emergency medical aid for war victims currently receiving treatment in hospitals both within Gaza and outside; funding to purchase fuel for power generators serving medical facilities; emergency medical aid for the injured; the repair of Christian facilities, including the Catholic school of the Holy Family, as well as the reconstruction of homes belonging to Christians. More information is provided in the attached English and French news releases from Aid to the Church in Need.

Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need has recently committed another $146,000 in emergency funding aid to support Iraqi Christians who had to flee to Erbil after attacks in Quaracosh and in the Nineveh plains, making a total of nearly $300,000 being provided to assist tens of thousands of Christians who have fled to Durhok and Erbi, including women and children. In the past two months, about 2000 Christian families have fled to Lebanon, and another 2000 families have found refuge in Turkey. Thousands left their homes with only the clothes on their backs, often wearing just their pyjamas. “We need aid more than ever,” says Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch.

CANADIAN CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor
Montreal, QC
H3G 1T7

Syria: Since its founding in 1967, Development and Peace has been responding to recurring humanitarian crises in the Middle East region. Over the last 10 years, its work has focused on supporting local and regional organizations in peace-building programs. Currently, Development and Peace is working with its partners in the Caritas network and with other civil-society organizations in the region to respond to the growing needs of the most vulnerable affected by the crisis in Syria. Development and Peace has distributed more than $13 million in assistance to Syrian refugees, including donations collected from Canadian Catholics as well as in international funding assistance from the Government of Canada. The Development and Peace response to the Syrian crisis involves projects in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, including food, fuel and other basic assistance, health-care assistance, emergency shelter, counselling services. More information is provided on the Development and Peace website, in English and in French.

Gaza: Development and Peace has to date provided $50,000 in its work with Caritas Jerusalem to address humanitarian needs in Gaza. Together, they provide medical supplies and fuel to hospitals, and to Caritas Jerusalem’s health centre and mobile clinic. They have also been distributing blankets, food and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable, including displaced families, widows with children, families living under the poverty line and those where the main breadwinner has been injured and cannot work. One of the most critical needs is to provide psychological and social services to those in the worst-hit areas, especially children who have been traumatized by the violence they witnessed. More information is provided in English and in French.

Iraq: Working with its other partners in the Caritas Internationalis network, Development and Peace has been monitoring the situation in Iraq closely so as to aid victims from the conflict. Despite the hostilities, Caritas Iraq is already distributing food and other basic necessities to 3,200 families. Development and Peace has currently allocated a preliminary $50,000 in emergency funds to support the work of its Caritas partners in Iraq and neighbouring countries, and is in regular contact with its partners as they scale up their response to this escalating humanitarian crisis. Development and Peace worked closely with Caritas Iraq after the last Gulf War in 2003, and has been working with other local organizations in the Middle East since 2000, supporting peacebuilding activities throughout the region. In addition to helping to fund humanitarian and emergency work in Iraq, it is also working to consolidate good governance, develop citizen participation, support the establishment of good relations between various religious groups, and promote the respect of human rights for all people. These initiatives are necessary factors for its citizens to live in peace, and are at the very heart of the current conflicts and issues in Iraq and the entire region. More information is provided in English and in French.

CNEWA CANADA
1247 Kilborn Place
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 6K9

Syria: From 2012 to the end of 2013, efforts by CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) in the United States and Canada raised more than $1.7 million, with donations also coming from Europe. While it is a Catholic agency with a Pontifical mission, CNEWA works closely not only with Catholic dioceses but also with the Orthodox Churches, in addition to providing aid to Muslims in need. Its efforts to assist Syrians who have been displaced in their own country, as well as Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East, include providing food, school supplies and clothing, as well as hygiene and health care. Visit here for a snapshot of CNEWA’s work in Syria.

Gaza: CNEWA has launched an emergency appeal worldwide in order to raise $530,000 to aid traumatized families in Gaza. Its Palestine office is coordinating the activities of various Catholic and non-Catholic agencies on the ground. Relief activities by CNEWA in Gaza are concentrating on providing medicine, fuel, and medical treatments during this initial emergency phase.

Iraq: CNEWA has launched a campaign to rush emergency assistance to more than 100,000 Christians fleeing their homes in northern Iraq. Priority will be given to supporting Bishops, clergy and religious who are putting their lives at risk by providing water, food, medicines and pastoral care to the displaced.

Middle East Crisis Response

Aug. 8, 2014

Archbishop Miller is asking all parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver to include in the prayers of the faithful the following intention: That the Holy Spirit inspire Canadians and the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by violence in the Middle East, to be with them in solidarity and concern, and to offer them assistance and aid.

All of us, together with Pope Francis, are following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Defenseless populations, including our  Christian brothers and sisters, flee from their homes, in urgent need for protection, food, shelter and medical assistance. In solidarity with their sufferings, and in communion with the whole Church, let us, in the words of the Holy Father, “raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace” to the Middle East.

You are also encouraged to join with Christians and others in urging your Member of Parliament to encourage the Government of Canada to do even more for the Middle East — by providing Canadian emergency and reconstruction assistance, by making it easier for our country to accept refugees, by participating in international efforts to foster justice and peace in the region, and by insisting on respect for freedom of conscience and religion, as well as respect for the rights of minorities.

Three Canadian Catholic agencies are fundraising for the suffering people of the Middle East. These are the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, CNEWA Canada, and Aid to the Church in Need – Canada. Catholics are encouraged if possible to support all three agencies in their work.

Further information on the situation in the Middle East is regularly provided by Caritas Internationalis, which is the Church’s international network of more than 160 national Catholic charities, serving all poor people, of all faiths, all over the world. Up-to-date reports on the Middle East are provided on its website.

Gaza

Aug. 8, 2014

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is calling on all those involved in negotiations to bring an immediate end to the violence in the Middle East. In a statement, the organization said “Development and Peace joins with Pope Francis and with all those who seek a lasting peace in the Middle East based on the principles of justice, on the recognition of the rights and dignity of each individual and on assurances of mutual security.”

Development and Peace is also working with Caritas Jerusalem to address high humanitarian needs in Gaza.

Iraq

Aug. 8, 2014

Pope invites world to pray for peace in Iraq

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, released the following statement Thursday, Aug. 7.

“Far away from the comfort of our television screens, tablets and newspapers, a tragedy continues to unfold in Iraq. Islamist extremists, intent on eliminating any trace of Christianity, have cast out tens of thousands of Christians, a people with an almost 2,000-year history in the region…” Read the rest of the statement here.

Fact Sheet regarding Christians in the Middle East.

Three Canadian Catholic agencies are fundraising for the suffering people of the Middle East. These are the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, CNEWA Canada, and Aid to the Church in Need – Canada. Catholics are encouraged if possible to support all three agencies in their work.

CNEWA Launches Emergency Appeal to Aid Iraqi Christian Families in Flight

Catholic Near East Welfare Association today launched a campaign to rush emergency assistance to more than 100,000 thousand Christians fleeing their homes in northern Iraq. More details here.

 

July 31, 2014

The yellow Arabic letter showing up in many of your friends’ Facebook profiles is a sign of solidarity with Christians in Iraq.

The Arabic letter for ‘N’ is short for Nasrani (Arabic for Christian). It’s being spray-painted on Christian homes in Mosul by ISIS

 

June 2014

Archbishop J. Michael Miller and the Iraqi community of the Archdiocese of Vancouver are asking the faithful to fast and pray for peace in Iraq, where news organizations say the cleansing of Iraq’s Christians is nearly complete. The Vatican news publication Fides reports tens of thousands of Christian families are fleeing or trapped in their homes. The Chaldean Bishop Amel Shamon Nona and the other Bishops of Mosul have launched an appeal to keep churches and mosques open to pray for peace.

Please keep the people of the Middle East in your prayers, and consider praying this novena for peace to Our Lady Undoer of Knots, for whom Pope Francis has a special devotion. We will be joined in prayer by our Christian brothers and sisters in Eastern churches, including Orthodox.

 

Additional  Information

Catholic Radio TV Net

National Review

First Things

The Christian Post

Independent Catholic News

 

National Day of Prayer for Ukraine

The Knights are inviting parishes to include a Prayer of the Faithful for Ukrainians. The Knights of Columbus worldwide have also called for prayers for Ukraine.

This initiative has the support of Eparch Ken Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Eparchy of New Westminster. Bishop Ken is also the Knights’ state chaplain for B.C. and the Yukon.

For more details, see The B.C. Catholic here.

 

Prayer for Peace and Stability in South Sudan

Christian church leaders in South Sudan have called for peace after violence flared in the capital Juba on December 15, 2013.

 

Fr. Mark Opere Omol, Diocesan Representative from the Catholic Diocese of Torit has sent an appeal for prayer in favor of peace and stability for the South Sudan Nation.

In the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message, Pope Francis has also looked to South Sudan, praying that the Lord “Foster social harmony in South Sudan, where current tensions have already caused too many victims and are threatening peaceful coexistence in that young state.”

Let us gather as one family, one Church and take a moment to pray for South Sudan.

 

 

 


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