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      CRS Board Members to Visit Caritas Jordan



A delegation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the United States paid a visit to some of Caritas Jordan centres to see on ground the services provided to refugees and vulnerable people.

The delegation included Archbishop Paul Coakley, chairman of the CRS board of directors, and Bishop Gregory Mansour, member of the CRS board of trustee and secretary for Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches, in addition to other members of the CRS board of directors, Mr. Mark Rauenhorst and Mrs. Karen Rauenhorst.

The visit started with a meeting at Caritas headquarters with Mr. Wael Suleiman and the Admin staff during which they were introduced on Caritas Jordan programs and projects. Then they went to the Italian Hospital, downtown Amman, and got acquainted with the services provided by the hospital.
A tour to Caritas nearby 3 centres followed where they had the chance to know more about the different services provided to refugees and needy people from humanitarian to medical and psychosocial assistance.

Later, the delegation visited the Restaurant of Al-Rahmah “Mercy” , in Jabal Weibdeh, which offers free daily meals for the poor and the needy families, which is an initiative launched earlier by the Latin Vicariate and Caritas Jordan.

the same day afternoon, the delegation headed to Naour township, south of Amman, checked on the condition of Syrian students who attend a school belonging to the Latin Vicariate. This is one of the dozens of schools that function under the supervision of Caritas Jordan. It provides academic and psychological services to the Syrian students living in the Kingdom. Later, Fr. Rif'at Bader, parish priest and director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, celebrated Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church attended by the visiting delegation and a number of Christian families that had been displaced from Mosul and its environs a year-and-a- half ago.

From his part, General Director of Jordan Caritas, Mr. Wael Suleiman, paid tribute to the visiting CRS delegation noting that "Caritas Jordan, which was established in 1967, seeks to cooperate with all friendly and national associations to meet all the needs of the poor and the sick." He added: "We maintain friendly and partnership relationship with Caritas Internationalis, particularly at this time when responsibilities have increased. We also cooperate with local institutions to provide the needed support for the needy in Jordan.”

Archbishop Paul Coakley and on behalf of the delegation, said they they were really happy and impressed by the huge work done by Caritas Jordan “to serve everyone with dignity and effectively” says Archbishop Paul. He also thanked Jordan; Majesty King Abdullah II, government and people for the remarkable and humanitarian gesture to receive this big number of refugees.




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