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Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

Destruction after Typhoon Tembin

CARITAS Australia has sent $50,000 to assist a region in the Philippines that was thrashed by a tropical cyclone just before Christmas. Typhoon Tembin, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Vinta, hit the Caraga municipality on the north-eastern section of the island of Mindanao on December 24, leaving at least 267 people dead. Staff and volunteers from Caritas’ international ... Read More »

Lynda Mussell’s helping change lives across the world

LYNDA Mussell counts it as a privilege to spread the message of how Caritas helps some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Catholic Agency For Overseas Development counts it as a privilege to spread the message of how Caritas helps some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Ms Mussell works for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), the ... Read More »

Seventy-five per cent of Syrian population live in poverty

Syrian girls walking near rubbish

FIVE years after the Syrian civil war began, the conflict’s legacy is one of the biggest humanitarian crises since the Second World War.In response, one of the largest humanitarian networks, Caritas, has reached 1.8 million Syrians in its programs in the past year alone.Caritas Australia’s head of emergencies Melville Fernandez said after five years 250,000 people had died, 12.2 million ... Read More »

Food for Life program ‘Closing the Gap’

By Isaac Murphy NATIONAL Close the Gap Day on March 19 gives the public the chance to celebrate the history of Australia’s Indigenous peoples’, but also serve as a reminder of the inequalities Indigenous Australian’s still face. Caritas Australia’s Manage Your Income, Manage your Life program is an initiative dedicated to closing this gap. Caritas partners with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes to ... Read More »

Brisbane celebrates Caritas Australia turning 50


PHOTOS, news clippings and Project Compassion boxes from long-forgotten fundraising campaigns on display in Brisbane have told the story of Caritas Australia’s 50 years supporting vulnerable communities. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the archdiocese’s former Caritas chairman Bishop John Gerry concelebrated an anniversary Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday, September 21, as part of the celebrations. Archbishop Coleridge in ... Read More »

Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds

Palestinians celebrate cease-fire

CATHOLIC aid organisations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “(We hope) the unity government will take the ... Read More »

Caritas Australia honoured for Solomons work

martina and kids

CARITAS Australia’s Solomon Islands country office has won the inaugural Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR) for helping local communities prepare for natural disasters. The PILAR was awarded to the office at a recent disaster risk management forum in Fiji, and was shared with representatives from two other not-for-profit organisations. Established by the United Nations Office for Disaster ... Read More »

Casting the net for Caritas

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ST Benedict’s Catholic Primary School assistant principal for religious education Brett Kitchener was pleased with the school’s effort in raising more than $5000 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion this year, but he was even more impressed with the way it was done. “I was so proud of the initiative, leadership and learning I witnessed on so many occasions throughout the ... Read More »

‘People deserve a fair go’


  CARITAS Australia acting chief executive officer and international programs manager Jamie Davies as a trained economist understands the need for “fiscal restraint” driving the Federal Budget. But she believes the cutting of nearly $8 billion from Australia’s foreign aid funding in the next five years is a “disproportionate burden”. “Foreign aid cuts represent about 20 per cent of savings ... Read More »

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