Erbil, Iraq, Apr 6, 2016 / 08:36 am
This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to offer support to families displaced by extremist violence.
The news of the cardinal's visit came in an April 5 press release from Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), which he chairs.
He will be joined by CNEWA board member Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, CNEWA President Msgr. John Kozar, and the Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of New York, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan. CNA will also be part of the delegation.
According to the press release, the purpose of the visit is fourfold. Firstly it is meant to "demonstrate solidarity with the families – many of whom are Christian – displaced when ISIS swept through northern Iraq in summer 2014."