As war rages on in Syria, shattering lives, destroying childhoods and denying people of their dignity, we must continue to give hope to the people of Syria through our love, prayers and solidarity. Development and Peace is inviting Catholics and all people of good faith to pray for peace in Syria on the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th. Use our prayer resources to either organize a vigil or to have your own personal moment of spiritual reflection.
The crisis in Syria requires a global response and Caritas Internationalis is mobilizing its members around the world to campaign for peace. Development and Peace has joined their campaign Syria: Peace is Possible so that the plight of Syrians is not forgotten. As part of this campaign, another day of prayer for peace will be held on October 31st with all the Caritas around the world and Pope Francis.
Watch this video to experience the realities of war being lived by our sisters and brothers in Syria and to inspire our prayers.
Call on the Canadian government to act for peace in Syria
Global leaders must act urgently to bring peace to Syria and Development and Peace believes that the Canadian government has a crucial role to play. You can sign our petition to call on Canada to act for peace in Syria. Sign the petition
Message for peace from Caritas Syria
On the International Day of Peace, our partner Caritas Syria shared a moving message on the devastating situation in Syria. Here is an excerpt: “After almost six years of war, we as Syrians are exhausted. This war is not only destroying our country, but it is destroying our souls from inside. The war has knocked on every door in Syria, entered every house, and has left behind its mark everywhere, and in every heart….” Read the full message
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada, and was originally founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in 1967.
Development and Peace launches new campaign as part of World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Montreal, August 27th, 2015 – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is launching a new campaign called “Create a Climate of Change” on September 1st, which is World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, to bring attention to the devastating impacts of climate change on some of the poorest countries in the world - and to ask Canada to do more to reduce the world’s carbon emissions.
Development and Peace works in Ethiopia, Honduras and the Philippines, and many other countries in the Global South that are experiencing droughts, typhoons and other extreme weather due to rising temperatures. These countries, however, contribute the least to climate change and lack the means to deal with the ensuing catastrophes, whose worst impacts are felt by the poorest.
Canada is one of the biggest carbon emitters in the world, and as such the campaign is asking Canadians to make lifestyle changes that will reduce carbon emissions and to call on the Canadian government to transition away from a fossil-fuel dependent economy to one based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The campaign is also asking the Canadian government to adopt a fair and binding agreement at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December.
“Canada’s emissions per capita are 150 times higher than Ethiopia’s, yet it is the poorest people in Ethiopia who are suffering the most. How is this fair? Canada has a significant role to play in ensuring that the Earth’s temperature does not reach levels that threaten the lives of people living in the Global South,” says David Leduc, Executive Director of Development and Peace.
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” calls for urgent action on climate change, and the Pope has designated September 1st as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Here in Canada, events will be taking place in schools, parishes and communities across the country as part of this new campaign, including climate vigils from October 23-25. Development and Peace will also have a delegation that will take part in the Catholic pilgrimage to Paris for COP21.