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Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

SUSAN Pascoe has been named chair of the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council that will co-ordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Ms Pascoe’s appointment adds to her long list of contributions to public life that includes serving as a 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner and as the inaugural Australian Charities and ... Read More »

Catholic Emergency Relief Australia established as a blueprint for disaster response

AS communities recover from the current bushfire crisis, the Catholic Church is setting up a blueprint for how it will respond to future disasters in Australia. It has set up a new collaboration called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – to serve as a co-ordination point for Catholic agencies responding to fires, droughts, floods, cyclones and other disasters. The ... Read More »

Charities give assurances on the distribution of donations to bushfire appeals

FIRE-affected communities and members of parliament have taken out their frustration at what they labelled the sluggish pace of funds distributed from charities after months of bushfire appeals. Speaking at a press conference in Bateman’s Bay, State Member for Bega Andrew Constance took aim at the charities for taking too long to distribute the money. “The money is needed now, ... Read More »

Catholics gear up for bushfire collections on Australia Day

CATHOLIC parishes across Australia are preparing to dig deep with special bushfire collections at Masses over the Australia Day weekend.  The national Church action is in support of the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, and to aid efforts connecting people in need with people who can help. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the collection on January 7, saying: ... Read More »

Prime Minister Scott Morrison joins climate of action over bushfire devastation

AUSTRALIA’S Prime Minister has signalled a government shift to take stronger action on climate change, amidst a Church leader’s call for an “ecological conversion”, and the country’s scientific and business communities demanding a solid response to the bushfire crisis. The chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Social Justice Bishop Vincent Long said the bushfire crisis wais “a wake-up ... Read More »

Fire-ravaged parishes show courage and ‘generosity of spirit’ in the face of loss and trauma

PRIESTS working in Australia’s worst bushfire-ravaged districts have praised the courage and “generosity of spirit” of their communities. But with more heatwave conditions expected, they have warned of the long-term impact of disaster trauma. “We have parishioners fighting fires, those who have lost their homes, and those who are playing a part with the evacuation centres,” Fr Luke Verrell said ... Read More »

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