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Who was St. Oscar Romero?

22 Mar 19

On the 14th of October 2018, Pope Francis canonised seven saints in Rome’s Saint Peter’s Square – a ceremony years in the making. Canonisation is a lengthy process that involves extensive investigation into the subject’s life, approval from different councils and authorities and two miracles.

Among those canonised was Oscar Arnulfo Romero – a profound figure to Caritas, the Catholic Church and El Salvador overall. So, who was he and why is he an important person to commemorate? 

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Project Compassion 2019: The story so far

20 Mar 19

Coming from one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it is challenging to recognise the scale of extreme poverty in Australia’s region and around the world. An example of this is that about 600 million people lack access to clean water and the 2.3 billion people have no basic sanitation.

Since the launch of Project Compassion on March 6, students, parishes and community supporters throughout Australia have taken action in an effort to make a difference on this situation. Fundraising for Caritas Australia’s international programs as part of our main annual appeal, Project Compassion, has officially begun.

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Christchurch Shootings: Message of solidarity

18 Mar 19

Caritas Australia was deeply saddened by the events that occurred in Christchurch last Friday. We want to express our profound sorrow and grief to victims, family and friends affected by this tragic act of violence. In particular, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand, Australia and throughout the world. We are united with you, as well as to all the people of New Zealand, in mourning. We continue to pray for the end of violence and for peace throughout the world.

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5 things you should know about water

17 Mar 19

We all need water. It is vital to the existence and well-being of humans, nature and the sustainability of the planet.

That is why, this year’s Project Compassion appeal has placed special focus on water. Here are five important things you should know

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100% Determination this International Women’s Day

08 Mar 19

When communities experience poverty, women and girls bear the burden greatly. They’re often tasked with managing their households’ consumption where resources are already quite scarce. This was the case for twelve-year-old Thadolwayo from Zimbabwe, our feature story from this year’s Project Compassion.

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Indonesia Tsunami Update: Message of solidarity

23 Dec 18

At least 220 people have been killed and 843 people injured on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra when a tsunami struck areas around the Sunda Strait late on Saturday following a sub-sea landslide caused by a volcanic eruption.

Caritas Australia's Asia and Humanitarian Emergencies staff have contacted our partners in Indonesia, who are monitoring the situation closely. 

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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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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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