September 28, 2015

OTTAWA - For the first time, several Catholic aid agencies are mounting a joint appeal, along with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, to raise funds to help Syrian refugees.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and the bishops issued a joint press release Sept. 17, saying their united response reflected "the magnitude of this tragic crisis."

"Funds collected through this appeal will go towards humanitarian aid for Syrians living through the suffering of war and those who have fled to other countries, including Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey who are hosting the vast majority of Syrian refugees," said the release.


All the aid agencies are recognized by the Holy See and CCODP is part of the Caritas Internationalis federation.

The release cited a recent open letter from CCCB president Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher.

His words included: "The refugee crisis is an important moment to deepen our faith, extend our charity, and summon up hope. Together we can make a better world for all those in need, and so witness to Christ's kingdom."

Donations can be made via the agencies' various websites or by phone: CCODP at or 1-888-634-3387; CNEWA, or 1-866-322-4441; and ACN at or 1-800-585-6333.