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Iraqi refugees welcomed to Darra by Archbishop and school community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a pastoral visit to Darra to welcome newly-arrived Iraqi refugee families. Two families driven from their war-torn homeland have spent the past two years in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have been reunited with relatives already living in Brisbane. “Last week we had two couples arrive with their children at our school, ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest Iraqi refugee intake have started school after years of terror

student refugees

WELCOME. A powerful, single word translated into Arabic and accompanied by smiles, is uniting Brisbane’s Catholics and newly-arrived humanitarian refugees from the strife-torn Middle East. Forty Christian families are now settling in at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s north and in Logan, with enthusiastic support of parishioners and local Catholic schools. Their safe arrival in Brisbane is a story of courage, ... Read More »

ACU offers hand of support in Iraq in time for Year of Mercy

Archbishop Bashar Warda

AUSTRALIANS played a significant role in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which was opened on Tuesday (December 8), the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who sought support from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Australian Catholic University for the institution, opened the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) which has about ... Read More »

Church welcomes PM’s decision on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees on boat

By Peter Bugden CHURCH leaders and agencies have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to permanently resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the one-off humanitarian intake on September 9 in response to the refugee crisis engulfing the Middle East and Europe. Mr Abbott said this would be in addition to the previously existing humanitarian program ... 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 »

Papal trip to Iraq

POPE Francis is planning to make a trip to war-torn Iraq, but the journey is still in planning stages. “It is Pope Francis’ intention to go to Iraq and I believe, without a doubt, he will do so, although I cannot foresee the opportune moment now because everyone understands that this is still a very problematic time for the country,” ... Read More »

Fighting back

CATHOLICS in Iraq are defying Daesh (Islamic State), not with weapons or violence but with education and learning – and Australian Catholic University is standing with them. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, was a guest at the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th General Assembly in Melbourne earlier this month where he sought help from delegates. ... Read More »

Church agencies give displaced Iraqis fuel, heaters for winter

Displaced Iraqi Yezidi children

BLANKETS, metal heaters and canisters of kerosene provided by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas filled a parking lot in the Sharia collective in Iraq for collection by their new owners – Yezidis displaced by Islamic State militants in search of badly needed provisions to combat the cold. Thousands of Iraq’s religious minorities were displaced by Islamic State militants last year. ... Read More »

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