Syriac bishop for Canada says he will prioritize refugees, vocations

Posted January 25, 2016 in the Catholic Register, Doreen Abi Raad reports that the newly appointed Syriac Catholic bishop for Canada will focus on refugees. Bishop Antoine Nassif was ordained Jan. 23 by Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan at Our Lady of Deliverance Cathedral in Beirut. He will lead the first apostolic exarchate for Syriac Catholics living in Canada, with the jurisdiction based in Montreal and Laval, Quebec. Bishop Nassif was born in Biakout, Lebanon.

The Bishop pledged, “With what is happening in our Middle East, and most importantly with the refugees — Syrian, Iraqi and others — I will put their suffering on the top of my priorities, especially their spiritual needs.” He plans to work closely with the Canadian government, particularly with Eva Nassif, a member of the Canadian Parliament, who is a native of Lebanon and a distant relative he has never met, to facilitate the settling of refugees.

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