Bishop Rabbatt, of the Melkite Catholic Eparcy of Australia and New Zealand, and Bishop Antoine-Charbel Taraby, Maronite Bishop of Australia, said the Archdiocese’s donation would go a long way to “mending many broken hearts”.
“Although two months have passed since the tragic events of that day, the aftermath continues in the suffering of thousands of individuals, in the disruption of family and community life, in the deprivation experienced by so many who still remain in pressing need of assistance,” they wrote in a letter to Archbishop Patrick O’Regan.
“We are most appreciative that Your Grace has been instrumental in raising awareness in Catholic Adelaide of the situation in Lebanon, and that you have encouraged the faithful to contribute to this urgent cause.
“Your great kindness in this matter places the Church of Adelaide firmly within the tradition of the Church in Antioch at the time of the great famine mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 11:27-29). Although the Antiochians were in so many ways far removed from the believers in Judaea, they did not hesitate to send relief to their brethren in the household of the faith.
“We can assure your Grace that all those who have come to the aid of the people of Beirut and the long-suffering nation will be forever remembered in prayer before the Good Lord.”