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Bishop Carmel Zammit was overwhelmed by the response to his Lenten appeal to the people of Gibraltar asking for help for the persecuted Christians in Syria. |
At 11am on the 23rd of June Bishop Carmel Zammit held a press conference at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned during which he presented a huge cheque to the chairman of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Mr Neville Kyrke Smith.
Bishop Carmel admitted that he had not expected such a generous response to his appeal and was truly delighted to be able to hand over such a large donation.
Mr Kyrke-Smith expressed his deep gratitude on behalf of the ACN and in particular Sister Demarjin, whose work the funds will go towards supporting, “The people of Aleppo, in Northern Syria have lived through years of war, a conflict so painful that it can only be described as an Armageddon. So THANK YOU, to Bishop Carmel Zammit, to the many people of Gibraltar who reached out in Faith and Hope to the persecuted and suffering people of Aleppo, where Aid to the Church in Need is providing emergency food, heating, fuel, electricity, medicine, and pastoral help to support thousands of Christian families. Sr. Annie Demarjin would also like to say thank you for providing a lifeline to our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
FACEBOOK VIDEO GETS OVER 3,000 DOWNLOADS
After the presentation a video was released via the Upon This Rock facebook account where Mr Kyrk-Smith further explained the situation in Aleppo and Sr. Demarjin gave a special message of gratitude too, with details of how the Christian families will benefit. Once again the response was tremendous with over 3,000 people in Gibraltar watching the ‘Thank You’ video.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES
Almost two thirds of families in Aleppo are surviving on less than £1.60 a day – and the other third are living in extreme poverty.
Working with local Church leaders who have identified urgent needs for Christian families, the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, led by Sr. Annie Demerjian, are able to provide food aid for 2,200 displaced families in Hassake and Aleppo.
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