For Lent 2017, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has chosen to put women at the forefront to highlight the very special importance and role they have in every aspect of development, whether it be social, environmental or economic.
This Lent, act in solidarity with and walk alongside the women and men who advocate for an equal and inclusive society, one in which women can participate hand-in-hand with men in building the world of tomorrow.
The special SHARE LENT collection will be taken up in Saint John XXIII Parish at Sunday Masses on the weekend of April 1 - 2, 2017. Please use the special yellow envelopes provided with your regular donation envelopes or use one of the special brown envelopes available. Make cheques payable to the parish. The parish will forward total donations received to Development and Peace Caritas Canada.
Montreal, July 5, 2016- Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is joining with the Caritas Internationalis network, of which it is a member, for the launch of a global campaign called Syria: Peace is Possible, to meet the needs of the Syrian people, whose country has been facing a devastating crisis for over five years.
Since the war began, 13.5 million people in Syria, almost half of whom are children, have been in need of humanitarian aid. There are another 4.8 million people who have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. “We must never forget, however, that migrants, rather than simply being a statistic, are first of all people who have faces, names and individual stories,” declared Pope Francis on Lesbos, Greece in April 2016.
The world campaign for peace in Syria led by the Caritas network supports the three recommendations formulated by Development and Peace last March, as part of a national advocacy campaign addressed to the Government of Canada. The goal of this campaign is to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and to find a peaceful solution to the conflict:
In the fall of 2012, Development and Peace first began responding to the Syrian crisis. Since then, the organization, in collaboration with about 20 local partners, has invested more than $26M in humanitarian aid (food, health care, education, rebuilding of livelihoods, psychosocial support, etc.) and in local peace initiatives, which has assisted more than 650,000 Syrians, in Syria itself and in neighbouring countries.
In solidarity with the Syrian people, Development and Peace will organize a national day of prayer in Canada on Tuesday, October 4, i.e. the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Each year during Lent, Canadian Catholics are invited to stand in solidarity with communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who are struggling for dignity and justice.
This Lent, inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, Development and Peace invites you to join in a Climate of Change solidarity pilgrimage with our sisters and brothers in the Global South.
By opening our hearts and walking hand in hand with the most poor and vulnerable, we can contribute to building a world rooted in justice, equality, compassion and love. Your generosity is a source of hope!
With your generous donations, Development and Peace is working to create a climate of change and build a more just world.