Archbishop Julian to offer support and prayer in the Middle East

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Archbishop Julian to offer support and prayer in the Middle East

Archbishop Julian will be part of a delegation of Australian Catholic bishops who will travel to the Middle East next week to give spiritual and humanitarian support to refugees in Kurdistan, Iraq and Lebanon.

The announcement, which was made at the recent November gathering of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), will see Archbishop Julian join the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse, the Melkite Archbishop Robert Rabbat, the Chaldean Archbishop Jibrael Kassab and the Maronite Archbishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay on the trip, from Sunday December 14 to Sunday December 21.

Archbishop Julian said he was pleased to be able to offer some support to people in such great need.

“You often feel a powerlessness in the face of these situations, so here is something very concrete that I can do, that the church in Australia can do, to show our solidarity in their suffering,” he said.

“In my heart I really wanted to go because I’ve been following what’s been happening over there and have been very conscious of the suffering of people driven out of their homelands and having a very uncertain future.

“The other great concern is that (in the Middle East) Christians can trace their origins back to the apostles… (and) to me it would be an enormous tragedy if in our own time we saw the extinction of these communities in their homelands.”

The Archbishop said he was looking forward to meeting with people and hearing their stories as well as praying for God’s blessing upon them.

Australian parishioners will also get the chance to offer prayer and financial support for those in need this Sunday (December 7), which has been designated by the ACBC nationally as a Day of Solidarity with Christians of the Middle East.