Links to related websites:


Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. The Bishops together exercise some pastoral functions for Catholics in Canada, while respecting the autonomy of each Bishop in the service of his particular Church.

Office for refugees for the Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT)  – The Archdiocese of Toronto is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) that has an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to resettle refugees from overseas. ORAT is a department of the Archdiocese of Toronto that administers the agreement and coordinates the resettlement program.

The Holy See – Vatican  – is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, the Episcopal See of the Pope. It is the central point of reference for the Catholic Church everywhere and the focal point of communion due to its prominence.

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People – Pope Paul VI established the Council with the task of studying and providing pastoral care to “people on the move” such as: migrants, exiles, refugees, displaced people, fishermen and seafarers, air travelers, road transport workers, nomads, circus people, fairground workers, pilgrims and tourists, as well as those categories of people who, for various reasons, are involved in human mobility, such as students abroad, and operators and technicians engaged in large projects or scientific research at the international level who are obliged to move from one country to another”.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – the national assembly of Bishops on the United States.

Jesuit Refugee Service The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. 

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) – Development and Peace (The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace is a membership led organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Canadian International Development Agency.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) – Together, we build up the church, affirm human dignity, alleviate poverty, encourage dialogue — and inspire hope. CNEWA works for, through and with the Eastern Catholic churches, identifying needs and implementing solutions.




Government of Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) – RSTP is a program designed to support the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (SAHs) of Canada, their Constituent Groups, Groups of Five and Community Sponsors on a national level.

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom – Canada will continue to work with like-minded partners to speak out against egregious violations of freedom of religion

Sponsorship Agreement Holder – (SAH) – Organizations that have signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they resettle in Canada. They can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees.



The Catholic Register – The Catholic Register, Canada’s oldest English Catholic weekly in Canada, traces its roots back more than 170 years to 1830 when Ontario’s pioneer bishop,  Most Reverend Alexander MacDonnell started The Catholic at Kingston.

Western Catholic Reporter – Edmonton, Alberta

Prairie Messenger – Muenster Saskatchewan

Embassy – Canada’s only newspaper that exclusively covers the country’s international portfolios of diplomacy, defense, immigration, trade, and development.

National Catholic Reporter – an American journalistic outlet for Catholics and others

Convivium – Faith in Our Common Life – Convivium means living together. This project brings together citizens of differing convictions and religious confessions to contend for the role of faith in our common life



Human Rights Watch – an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.


Canadian Council for Refugees – national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees.

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