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August 8, 2006 : Urgent Appeal in regards to the Middle East


Beloved Faithful and Friends of the Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America:

We are currently undertaking a massive appeal for funds to aid the suffering people of Lebanon (See Metropolitan PHILIP’s letter of July 25 by clicking here). Since His Eminence wrote that appeal the situation has grown even more dire. There are now more than 1000 people who have been killed and about 3000 wounded. In addition, more than 1,000,000 Lebanese have been displaced from their homes, becoming refugees in their own country. This sad reality, coupled with the Israeli blockade by land, sea and air, has created a humanitarian disaster that is growing more and more unbearable on a daily basis. Children are without food and mothers are without milk for their babies. The elderly are without medicine and essential medical treatments.

Metropolitan PHILIP has already forwarded $100,000 in advance to His Eminence, Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut, to help with the overflow of refugees that the Archdiocese of Beirut is trying to comfort and help, however, the need is so much greater. We therefore appeal to you to immediately send donations through your local parish or directly to the Archdiocese.

At the same time, we urge the pastors of the parishes to work diligently to collect all the donations and forward them to the Archdiocese as soon as possible.