Ananias Mission: Bringing Refugees to Safety


By By Jennifer Monahan Correspondent Part 2 of a series. Last week’s article highlighted the plight of Christians in Syria. This week, we take a look at a local group that is working to bring Syrian refugees to safety. Ananias Mission is a nonprofit organization that assists Syrian refugees, founded by Ed Wethli. A parishioner at SS. John and Paul […]

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Delegation from Canada visits Catholic communities in Lebanon


A delegation including CCCB representatives and organized by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace / Caritas Canada is visiting the Middle East, 29 January to 9 February 2017. Intended to be a tangible sign of the charity and solidarity of the universal Church for the Catholic faithful in the region, the delegation is focusing on Catholic communities in Lebanon and Syria. The […]

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Overwhelmed and very grateful


Photo Caption: The Almakhoul family, with Barbara Nenadovich and Rev. Paul Vellakunnathu, at the Diocesan Anniversary Dinner, November 25th. The family was welcomed to Canada by their sponsors from St. Andrew’s Parish in October. Everything that Wael Kadmous and Mania Atiya knew was being torn apart by a civil war pounding their Syrian city of Homs. “The war began, and people […]

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Notre Dame students take a big walk of faith


More than 1,000 Notre Dame students, as well as faculty, family, alumni and hundreds of students from feeder schools teamed up to participate in a 15-kilometre trek Sunday morning. And thousands more participated in the “very powerful experience” at schools throughout Niagara and across Ontario, said Notre Dame College School principal Ralph Defazio. The annual pilgrimage began as a tradition […]

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Act now to process refugees, Bishop Crosby tells minister

(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton
President - Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

OTTAWA – The president of Canada’s bishop conference has written a frank letter to the federal Immigration Minister urging immediate government action to unclog delays in processing refugee applicants in order to preserve “confidence” in the refugee sponsorship program. Writing to Immigration Minister John McCallum, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops president Bishop Douglas Crosby said many sponsoring groups have become frustrated due to […]

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Batbouta Family Arrived to St. Joseph


With great joy and with gratitude to God and to many parishioners and volunteers, St. Joseph parish Syrian refugee committee welcomed the Batbouta family on October 6th. Sadly, Jubran Batbouta, 76 years of age, who arrived in September, passed away unexpectedly on October 14th. Jubran is third from the right in the above photo taken at the Toronto airport, when […]

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