Irish Hierarchy’s Appeal for Palestinian and Syrian Catholics
The Standing Committee of the Irish hierarchy issued the following appeal at a meeting in Dublin on 29th April, 1919:
In response to an appeal made on their behalf by the Holy Father, we think it our duty to commend to the charity of our people the needs of our suffering fellow-Catholics in Palestine and Syria. Owing to the war, large numbers of them have been reduced to a state of extreme want, so much so that many have perished of famine and the survivors are still in a most pitiable condition.
Owing to the frequent calls made recently on our people, we do not find ourselves in a position to order a general collection, but if charitably disposed persons are willing to come to their aid, contributions may be sent to the Bishops of each diocese, who will forward them to the proper quarter.