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Northside parish welcomes newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi families to dinner

Welcome Dinner project

GOOD food, good will and a good idea formed the perfect recipe for bringing together a group of families from Iraq and Syria and people from their new communities on Brisbane’s northside. Those who accepted the invitation to a special night at the SANDBAG (Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group) centre on August 9 provided the food and good will, ... Read More »

Seventy-five per cent of Syrian population live in poverty

Syrian girls walking near rubbish

FIVE years after the Syrian civil war began, the conflict’s legacy is one of the biggest humanitarian crises since the Second World War.In response, one of the largest humanitarian networks, Caritas, has reached 1.8 million Syrians in its programs in the past year alone.Caritas Australia’s head of emergencies Melville Fernandez said after five years 250,000 people had died, 12.2 million ... Read More »

Brisbane communities ready to give jobs to incoming Syrian refugees

Syrians to have jobs in Brisbane

MORE than one hundred businesses and organisations have signed up to provide job opportunities for Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Brisbane in coming months. Last November, the Queensland Government pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. In response, Multicultural Development Association, the independent, non-government settlement organization, launched a Queensland-wide campaign to find 500 work-experience ... Read More »

Melkite leader tells Brisbane Lebanese and Syrian Catholics to “never give up hope” despite war

Melkite Eparch

“NEVER give up hope” is a key message Australia’s Melkite leader wants Brisbane’s Lebanese and Syrian Catholics to hold on to as the people of the Middle East continue to face terror and war.  Melkite Eparch of Australia and New Zealand Bishop Robert Rabbat visited St Clement’s Melkite Catholic parish in South Brisbane last weekend for its 90th anniversary and ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese to care for 100 Syrian refugee families

Syrians in danger

By Michael Crutcher  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands” that the archdiocese resettles at least 100 refugee families devastated by fighting in Syria. Archbishop Coleridge last week issued a letter to the archdiocese outlining his hope that Brisbane could join the national effort to resettle 12,000 refugees “I want to galvanise all the resources of ... Read More »

St Vincent de Paul Society will welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

  AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic volunteer organisation has vowed to help the nation’s increased intake of persecuted Syrians find a safe haven in their newfound home.   The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia welcomed the recent government’s decision to accept a further 12,000 refugees from Syria, confirmed yesterday.   The society’s chief executive Dr John Falzon said ... Read More »

Australian Melkite bishop makes plea on behalf of people of Syria

Syrian refugees

By Peter Bugden A LEADER of Melkite Catholics in Australia has urged the Church to pressure Western governments to help solve the crisis in Syria and Iraq at its source. Bishop Robert Rabbat, leader of the Melkite eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, said Islamic State militants were “getting money and weapons from somewhere” and governments of the West should ... Read More »

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