A Warm Welcome for Refugees

by julie.brown on March 30, 2016 - 8:44pm

300 Syrian Armenian refugees were welcomed to the Montreal community with a special Sunday service and lunch at a church in Outremont, according to CBC News.

The St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral, where the event was held, is part of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada, “which has co-sponsored more than 1,000 Syrian Armenian refugees” and continues to offer their support to newcomers.

The Outremont church members spent three days preparing food for the event, and everyone enjoyed the time spent getting to know one another. One guest, Antranik Kabangyan, told CBC that the Canadian people seemed eager to lend a hand. ‘“They don’t say “you’re immigrants, I can’t help you, I can’t do that”.”’

Other attendees were offered practical advice, encouragements, and even help arranging with a wedding ceremony and marriage license.

 

Source: “Syrian Armenian refugees welcomed with mass and meal in Outremont church”, CBC News, Jan 20 2016,  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/syrian-refugees-montreal-1.3397866.

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