Syrian Christian family waiting to move to Canada


They will be relocated at the Diocese of St. Catharines In recent weeks, the Pittsburgh Catholic has highlighted the plight of Syrian refugees and the story of Ananias Mission, a Pittsburgh-based organization working to help refugees resettle in safe areas. One of the families awaiting assistance includes Aboud Dali, his wife, Maral Hartunian, their two children and Dali’s parents, currently […]

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Summer Camp Experiences for Refugee Kids


Ontario Camps Association is once again offering free one or two week sessions at an Ontario Summer Camp for refugee children, ages 4-15 who arrived in Canada between 2014 and 2017. If you are interested, please apply soon as space is limited. For information, go to Call at 416-485-0425 or toll-free 1-844-485-0425 or email: Thanks to the generosity of […]

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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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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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