Catholic charity launches Lebanon appeal

Smoke billows from the Beirut explosion site; Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay (top); Bishop Robert Rabbat (ACN Australia)

Aid to the Church in Need Australia has launched a national emergency appeal for Lebanon, requesting prayers for victims and their families, and raising funds in the wake of Tuesday’s deadly explosion in Beirut.

Funds raised through the appeal will be used to support the most urgent needs in Lebanon (such as emergency food packages) but they will also respond to the physical and spiritual needs that arise in the coming weeks, months and years.

The ACN appeal has been endorsed by Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay of the Maronite Catholic Diocese of Australia and Bishop Robert Rabbat of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand.

“The explosion in Beirut has devastated the lives of our Lebanese brothers and sisters, and we feel their pain today. I appeal to the Catholic and wider community to support the people of Lebanon with their prayers and financial resources,” said Bernard Toutounji, ACN Australia’s national director.

“The sort of carnage we have witnessed cannot be fixed overnight, this will take years, and even though all of us are currently living through the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, we must put ourselves in solidarity with Lebanon and her sons and daughters.”

Bishop Tarabay expressed his gratitude for the appeal. “Our people have suffered so much for so long, but I know Australians will be carrying them in their prayers and I thank them for anything they can do to help us.”

Bishop Rabbat leads 50,000 Melkite Catholics of Australia, many of whom are Lebanese. “This is a shocking situation, this is the land of my own birth, and I mourn with the people of Lebanon … I thank everyone for supporting this appeal.”

Details: www.aidtochurch.org/lebanon or call ACN on 1800 101 201 during business hours, 8am-5pm, AEST.

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ACN Australia Launches National Emergency Appeal for Lebanon (ACN Australia) 

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