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(from ONE magazine May 2008)

Toronto Round Table
Posted: 22 May 2008

CNEWA Canada’s national secretary, Carl Hétu, spoke on the growing Iraqi Christian refugee crisis at a round table in Toronto on 16 April.

Hosted by Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto and Catholic Charities, the round table assembled over 25 representatives from Catholic agencies across the Archdiocese of Toronto to address issues related to the sponsorship, resettlement and integration of Iraqi refugees in Canada. All participants agreed to step up efforts to assist new arrivals as well as to press the government to expedite asylum procedures for Iraqi Christians in particular.

“Thanks to Archbishop Collins, Canada’s Catholics are better poised to urge the government to reach out and support Iraq’s Christian refugees,” said Mr. Hétu. “Targeted by extremists on account of their religion, a disproportionate number of Christians have fled their homes,” he added.



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