Page 8, 1st September 1950

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Papal mission opens mountain camps


THREE more Papal relief camps for children have been opened in the Lebanese mountains by the Pontifical Mission for Palestine, directed by Mgr. Thomas McMahon. Works projects giving employment to thousands of refugees include the building of the Sacred Heart Church at Zarka,

now Jordan, and the completion of a school for Syrian Catholics in Bethlehem.

Mgr. McMahon states that his many recent journeys among the refugees have convinced hint that the pontifical Mission would have to continue and to develop even more the programme it has pursued in the past.

" Although various small projects of works relief have been inaugurated to help Palestine's exiles," he says. "there remains the continuing need of relief, shelter and schooling.

" In the Lebanon alone, 30,000 Palestinians, who until now could live privately, have made application for admission to camps.

" Our own Camp St..Joseph has doubled its capacity in the past six months.


" Meanwhile, we had to increese our other services., notably the medical programme In our hospitals and clinics and our dispensing of private charity to individual families.

" Again we face another winter of suffering. the third in this Palestine tragedy, and we cannot forsake these hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, whose exile from their homes becomes ever more tragic.

"They are grateful for all that the Holy Father and the Catholics of the world have done for them, but three years of misery have left them cotr pletely helpless."

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