(from ONE magazine November 2009)
Aid to Middle East Christians
Posted: 19 Nov 2009
(photo: Deborah Gyapong)
On 19 October, CNEWAs national secretary in Canada, Carl Hétu, addressed the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Cornwall, Ontario. Mr. Hétu spoke about the plight of minorities in Iraq, especially Christians; their search for refuge in regional safe havens; their physical and spiritual needs; the need to facilitate the immigration of Iraqis seeking refuge in Canada; and the plight of Middle East Christians more generally.
Prior to the conference, CNEWA Canada launched a new campaign to assist Middle East Christians. The campaign calls on Canadians to support CNEWA-sponsored activities that sustain the churches of the Middle East, to contact their dioceses to find out how they can help resettle Iraqi Christian refugees in Canada and to see first-hand the Christian communities in the Middle East.
The Iraqi Christian refugee crisis is not isolated, but a part of a larger picture in which Christians all over the Middle East face an uncertain future, said Mr. Hétu.