Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Catholics give generously to refugees

Archdiocese of Vancouver donates more than $380,000 for Syrians
A Syrian refugee stands next to a boy inside his tent at the Faydha refugee
camp in Lebanon in September. (Photo: Nabil Mounzer, EPA / CNS)
The stories of refugees fleeing violence and terrorism in Syria has touched the hearts of many people in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

George Pinto, a spokesperson for the archdiocesan finance office, said Dec. 18 they had received a total of $387,311.62 during a special collection for Syrian refugees.

The funds were divided up evenly between the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Aid to the Church in Need, and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

The archdiocese has sponsored more than 3,000 refugees since 2007. Find out more about what it is doing for Syrians here.

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