September 8, 2014

Re: "Church pleads for end to 'systematic violence' in Iraq'" (WCR, Aug, 25).

This article states "a special collection will be taken at . . . Mass and in all parishes in the archdiocese in September with the proceeds going to Development and Peace and the Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)."

While I accept that the WCR reports faithfully what is going on in the Edmonton Archdiocese, the WCR should not be ignorant, of the original information provided by the current president of the CCCB, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher.

On Aug. 13, the CCCB indicated that three Canadian Catholic agencies are collecting funds for the suffering people of Iraq, Gaza and Syria: the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, CNEWA Canada and Aid to the Church in Need (Canada).

Further, the CCCB and Canadian dioceses are encouraging support for the three agencies in their work.

The same document outlines in some detail the specifics of each of these agencies. As a pontifical foundation under canon law, ACN Canada is officially recognized as such on the CCCB website and well established in Canada as a Canadian legal charity since 1981.

Editor's Note: The archdiocese says the CCCB advised dioceses they could support any or all of the agencies listed. The archdiocese chose D&P and CNEWA for its special collection because they are most familiar to people here. People are also welcome to support the good work of Aid to Church in Need.