Sydney Catholic Archbishop, Anthony Fisher OP, has launched the Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal. The appeal will raise desperately needed funds and commit the Archdiocese resources of education, health and welfare to Afghan families and individuals fleeing their homeland in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

In launching the appeal, the Archbishop also recognised that those who make it to Australia will need all the support they can get, so has committed the resources of our Catholic schools, health and welfare agencies to support our Afghan friends when they arrive.

“We are grateful the Morrison government has described its initial commitment to take 3000 friends and allies from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as a floor and not a ceiling,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said. “We pray that all those who need to flee to safety do make it out of the country before all avenues are closed and do find a safe haven.

“We have all watched over the last few weeks as the situation in Afghanistan and around Kabul collapsed into total chaos,” said Fr Peter Smith, Promoter of Peace and Justice, Sydney Archdiocese. “And all of us have had the same thought, ‘what can I do to help?’”

After being inundated with request of people across the Catholic community offering to help Fr. Peter Smith is pleased that the Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal offers something people can do right how. The Justice and Peace Office will work to ensure the money gets to those who need as quickly and directly as possible, concluded Fr Peter Smith.

The full media release can be read here.

Donations can be made here: Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal

For a PDF about the Archbishop’s Afghan Refugee Appeal, click here.