Letter from the CCCB General Secretary Regarding Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Mitch

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Your Eminence/Your Excellency:

As you have seen and heard in the media, Hurricane Mitch has devastated Central America, with the outcome appearing worse from day to day. Thousands of victims are estimated to have died and hundreds of thousands left homeless.

Given the extent of the destruction, and the desperate requests for assistance, Catholics in Canada will want to do everything possible to come to the aid of their brothers and sisters in Central America.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is launching a national campaign and establishing an emergency fund to help the countries most affected by Hurricane Mitch. This will be announced at a news conference in Montreal tomorrow, November 4. Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be the honorary president of this emergency appeal.

You are kindly asked to invite the faithful of your diocese to forward their donations to Development and Peace

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May our gesture of solidarity comfort those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Mitch, and be a source of hope to all the peoples of Central America.

Yours sincerely in Christ, 

Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, P.H.
General Secretary

For More Information Contact:
Deacon William Kokesch
Director, Communications Service


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