A coalition of Catholic and Muslim religious leaders called for the South Florida community to join in a relief effort to raise funds for victims in storm ravaged Myanmar.
''I'm standing on holy ground with my Muslim brothers and sisters urge the South Florida community to join in the relief effort,'' Father Roger Holoubek of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Dania Beach said Wednesday at a news conference in Miami Gardens.
Officials said it is the first humanitarian effort organized by the local Archdiocese and the Muslim community since both groups formed an interfaith partnership two years ago.
''We're very pleased that the Catholic community are onboard. The crisis in Myanmar crosses religious and ethnic lines,'' said Altaf Ali, head of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Donations can be sent to the Catholic Charities Office of Social Advocacy, Myanmar Aide, 9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, 33138 or call 305-762-3006.