September 9, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, in June of this year I announced that the bishops of Canada are calling on the Catholics of our country to support our brothers and sisters in Syria. The situation there is truly horrible, with well over a million refugees having fled to neighbouring countries and living now in terrible conditions.

In partnership with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, we launched a national financial campaign. Monies received are channeled via Development and Peace to various agencies of Caritas Internationalis who are working on site to give concrete assistance to the refugees.

My purpose in writing today is to remind you of this financial campaign, which ends officially this coming Saturday, Sept. 14. If you have already contributed, I offer my sincere thanks. If you have not, I invite you once again to consider making a donation.

In addition, I would like to remind you that the bishops of Canada have also declared next Saturday to be a day of prayer and fasting for the people of Syria. That day is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

Please plan to set aside time that day to pray and to make sacrifices on behalf of those who are suffering. Let us pray together that the power of the cross will bring to that very troubled land a true and lasting peace.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton