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Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez meets with Syrian Refugees in Jordan


As part of Caritas Internationalis annual meeting that was held this year in Amman from May 16 to19, 2014, the CI directors from all over the world headed by H.E. Card. Óscar Rodríguez, CI President, met with (400) Christian Syrian refugees at Our Lady of Peace Center on Sunday, May 18,2014.

This meeting was prepared by Caritas Jordan as a half a day big event that started with welcoming the delegation by Fr. Imad Twal, director of the Center, followed by a brief on the Syrian Crisis history delivered by Fr. Rifa’t Bader, director of Catholic Center for Media& Studies in Jordan.

The Syrian families had the chance to have a good discussion with H.E. and the delegation and share with them their personal stories and agonies and worries of a vague future for their families and children.

“ I bring you a message of solidarity from Pope Francis and the Church with you and all Syrian refugees” says Card. Rodríguez addressing the Syrian refugees. He also expressed his happiness towards the help and the humanitarian assistance provided by Jordan to support the refugees.

“His Holiness Pope Francis chose Jordan in order to show his solidarity and full support for Jordan’s people and hospitality” adds His Eminence. “Pope Francis aims from his visit to call for peace in response to the conflicts that the Middle East is witnessing.”

Mr. Wael Suleiman, Caritas Jordan General Director, said that this annual meeting was held in Jordan this year in reaction to the difficult situation the neighboring countries are facing. He also added that Caritas Jordan was elected to represent the (17) Caritases of MONA region while stressing that Caritas Jordan through the support of CI helped around (350.000) Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The event included also a handicraft session for Syrian kids and a psychosocial workshop for the youth. Caritas Jordan Clinics, GPs, Dentists were available as well for refugees check-ups and consultations and medicines upon the need.

A mass headed by H.E. gathered all attendees in that event to pray together for peace in Syria and the Middle East.

Card. Rodríguez distributed food & non-food vouchers on the Syrian refugees families. The day was concluded by dinner prepared by Caritas Jordan project “productive kitchen”.









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