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How to make meaningful New Year's resolutions

21 Dec 18

While it’s normal to set New Years Resolutions such as “lose weight” or “eat healthily”, this sort of goal setting often leads to failure a few weeks (or days in). Feeling disheartened, you give up and revert to old habits.

Rather than setting a goal based on a particular target (like “Exercise every day” or “Stop eating chocolate”), try this instead:

What one word – a core quality -- do you want to embody in 2019?

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Caritas Australia's CEO Paul O'Callaghan and Manager, South East Asia Kath Rosic's visit to Indonesia
Photo Credit: Kath Rosic

Building strength and resilient communities

19 Dec 18

The remarkable strength, resilience and hope of the communities Caritas works with, despite the many challenges they face was a source of inspiration for Paul O’Callaghan, Caritas Australia’s CEO, during a recent visit to communities in Indonesia.

Across Indonesia, Caritas Australia's programs through our partners like Caritas Indonesia (Karina), and a Muslim social support agency in West Java,  Laz Harfa, focus on issues including disaster preparedness, livelihoods improvement, community health and community empowerment.

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Rattanak from Project Compassion 2018
Photo Credit: Caritas Australia

2018: The year that was

18 Dec 18

As we say goodbye to another fruitful year, we reflect on 2018 and the many stories of hope, determination and strength that have inspired us.

It is only through the immense generosity of you, our supporters, which have made our work this year possible. 

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Share the Journey and expand the horizons of your heart this Christmas

10 Dec 18

If you look at Christ’s birth and death with today’s eyes, you could think he was a loser; born in a stable and thirty-three years later crucified by his own people like a common criminal.

Despite his lowly birth and his humiliating and agonising death, through the events in his life, this man of very humble origins revolutionised how we see the poor and marginalised, how we think of power and who we deem to be “winners” and “losers” in our world.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Building lives and livelihoods: International Day of People with Disability

28 Nov 18

On International Day of People with Disability, December 3rd, Caritas Australia celebrates the achievements of the thousands of people who have taken part in its program in Vietnam – “Empowering People with Disabilities."

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and run by Caritas Australia’s partner in Vietnam, Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), the program helps young people gain access to inclusive education and health services, develop livelihood skills and strengthens the skills of teachers and parents of children with disabilities, through involvement in People with Disabilities (PwD) clubs.

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Resilience in Rohingya refugee camps

27 Nov 18

As Eleanor Trinchera arrived at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are living in refugee camps, she was struck by the view before her.

“It’s just massive, you can see the different colours of the roofs and it was a bit overwhelming because it was so bare. Some of the roofs are already broken down, in a state of disrepair,” says Eleanor, Caritas Australia’s Program Co-ordinator for Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Caritas Australia's response as part of the Caritas network is
helping Indonesians recover from the impacts of the Tsunami
Photo: Maria Josephine Wijastuti CRS

Caritas Australia marks World Day of the Poor

15 Nov 18

In his statement for World Day of the Poor, Sunday November 18, Pope Francis has spoken of the way that “…many initiatives, meritorious and necessary in themselves, are meant more to satisfy those who undertake them than to respond to the real cry of the poor.”

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Christmas Gifts that make a difference

08 Nov 18

Our 2019 Global Gifts cards are about empowering the poorest and most vulnerable families to live with dignity, free from hunger and with real hope for their children’s future.

If you would like for your Christmas gifts to have a positive impact on the world, why not buy a Global Gift? Global Gifts are Caritas Australia's charitable Christmas cards. We call them Global Gifts because the funds raised from these gift cards go towards supporting our work with the poorest of the poor around the globe, including right here in Australia.

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Family displaced by the Sulawesi Tsunami/earthquake

02 Nov 18

The life of 55 year old, Umi, was changed forever, when her entire neighbourhood was flattened by a mudflow caused by a masive earthquake that struck the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28th September, 2018.

"When the earthquake struck, I panicked and prayed, 'Please, God help us,' Umi says.

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Anote Tong Visits Caritas Australia Office

30 Oct 18

Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati and renowned climate activist, recently visited the Caritas Australia Head Office in Sydney. In a powerful Facebook Live event, he made a rousing call to action for Australia to invest in more environmentally friendly and sustainable policies, and for individuals to take action, too.

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Canonisations of Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero

25 Oct 18

Two hugely influential figures in the recent history of the Catholic Church and Caritas Internationalis, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero from El Salvador, became saints on 14 October 2018.

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Caritas Immersion participants were invited to help harvest some Cassava in the village of Taitudac in the Manufahi District with Caritas partner Luta Ba Futuru.
Photo Credit: Megan Bourke/Justice Educator, Melbourne

Caritas Immersion Experience Timor Leste October 2018

16 Oct 18

Sue Coghlan is the Assistant Principal of Religious Identity and Mission at St Raphael’s School, Parkside (SA). She has recently returned from an Immersion trip to Timor Leste, where Caritas supports a number of programs. She shares her experience with us below.

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Students and teachers at Mount St Joseph College, Milperra, gathered for a Women for the World event to raise money for Caritas Australia. Students catered the luncheon themselves! Photo Credit: Daniel Nour/Caritas Australia

Mount St Joseph College: women leaders paving the way

11 Oct 18

Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

NSW Students embrace Catholic Social Teaching

11 Oct 18

Catholic Social Teaching at Marion Primary School

It was a brilliant day at Marion Primary school in Horsley Park running a Just Leadership Day with the Year 5’s. The theme of the day was Catholic Social Teachings (CST’s) and students learned to apply the CST principles to current global events and within their own school community.

The students of Marion Primary then used their knowledge of the CST’s put their faith into action by generating a justice action plan for their school, supporting vulnerable individuals and communities living in marginalised situations.

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Scenes of the aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday September 28, 2018. Photo Credit: Putu Sayoga/CRS

How to help after the Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

04 Oct 18

In recent months, we have witnessed disasters devastating people’s lives in the form of an Earthquake and Tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia; Typhoon Mangkhut hitting the Philippines and unusually high rains in Kerala, India.

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Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia

29 Sep 18

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Northeast of Donggala, Central Sulawesi on the afternoon of 28th September 2018.  Caritas Australia and our partners are monitoring the impact of the earthquake.

Initial reports confirm that buildings have collapsed and that there is considerable panic among some of the population. Roads north of Palu have been damaged.

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Emerita. Photo credit: Caritas Australia

How is Typhoon Mangkhut affecting people in the Philippines?

18 Sep 18

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Mangkhut, NASSA (Caritas Philippines) has shared these two stories to show how people have been affected by the damage.

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The local Caritas team packs the initial relief goods for distribution to families in the evacuation centers in Ilagan, Isabela. Photo: Jing Henderson, NASSA/Caritas Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut damage report and early response

16 Sep 18

Early reports are coming in of the damage wrought by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the Philippines yesterday.

So far, a total of 15,491 families have been served by evacuation centres. This represents almost 60,000 people.  It is estimated that nearly 4 million people may be affected by this emergency.

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Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the Philippines

14 Sep 18

Caritas Australia and our partners are preparing to respond to Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Phliippines. 

Typhoon Mangkhut (also known as Typhoon Ompong) is considered the strongest typhoon this year. Landfall is expected for Saturday morning. 

Storm surges up to seven metres high are expected to hit coastal areas.

Heavy rains will likely trigger flash floods and landslides.

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Photo credit: Scott Martin, Caritas Australia

Building on strengths

05 Sep 18

Martha is a 58 year old Irak tribeswoman from Kilimamoja, a village in northern Tanzania. Before she became involved in a Caritas Australia-supported water project, Martha tilled a small plot with much effort and little reward, and spent hours collecting water each day.

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