Amman (Agenzia Fides) – Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was sent by the Holy Father to Iraq (see Fides 27/03/2015) to express, the closeness, affection and the union of the Pope’s prayer with the many “Christian families and other groups of victims who were expelled from their homes and their villages, particularly in the city of Mosul and the Nineveh plain, many of whom had taken refuge in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan”. Already in August 2014, Cardinal Filoni, was sent by Pope Francis to the Asian country to express spiritual closeness to the suffering peoples and bring the solidarity of the Church.
Cardinal Filoni, according to information sent to Agenzia Fides, stopped-over in Jordan, Amman yesterday, where he was able to visit two parishes that welcome Iraqi refugees and met the head of Caritas Jordan. “I also saw the preparation for the reception of about twenty families” informs the Cardinal. “I admired the generosity of so many. It is nice to see that these families are able to regain their dignity and an atmosphere of friendship. In the parish of Mary Mother of the Church there is an afternoon school for the children of refugees. About 300 children. There is also an English course for adults and a small club for adult men”. Last night Cardinal Filoni left for Baghdad.
(SL) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2015)
SOMERVILLE, ME—FRRME staff are providing direct humanitarian aid to refugees in Kurdistan, including food and water, hot meals and more.
Thanks to emergency funding approved by the boards in the UK and the U.S., FRRME has been active in recent days in Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, where hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled in order to escape ISIS.
Aid is being provided to Christians and Shi’a Muslims who have poured into Kurdistan. Initially, bare essentials were delivered to refugees in settlement camps, where FRRME staff were quickly surrounded by people desperate for food and water. FRRME coordinated efforts with the largest Chaldean Catholic Church in Erbil to provide fresh bread and water to some 5,000 families being hosted by the church and later began providing three hot meals a day for nearly 15,000 refugees at the church.
FRRME has also provided humanitarian relief to Muslim refugees in the camps and in the streets of Erbil, including food and essential supplies.
In addition to its work in the north, FRRME continues to provide aid to thousands in Baghdad, including the needy and disabled children. St. George’s Church in Baghdad operates a medical and dental clinic that provides healthcare free of charge to people of all faiths, and food staples are provided to needy families on a weekly basis.