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Unpacking lifesaving PPE in PNG. Photo: Caritas PNG.

Caritas Australia welcomes latest commitment to close global vaccine gap

04 Jun 21

Caritas Australia welcomes the commitment made Wednesday night by the Australian Government to pledge an additional $50 million to the international vaccine effort, COVAX, which aims to provide much-needed vaccine doses to lower-income countries to combat global vaccine inequity. 

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Damage in Goma after volcanic eruption. Photo: CAFOD

Volcanic eruption in DRC leaves trail of destruction

24 May 21

Thousands of people have fled their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo after Mount Nyiragongo erupted late on Saturday May 22.

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Damaged dwelling after Tropical Cyclone Tauktae in India. Photo: Caritas India

Thousands of homes destroyed by Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat, India

19 May 21

More than 26 people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed after Category Three Cyclone Tauktae hit the coast of Gujarat, India, late on May 17.  

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Caritas India has encouraged social distancing at handpumps and other public facilities. Photo: Caritas India.

Pope Francis declares support for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

14 May 21

Caritas Australia is among numerous non-government organisations that have recently urged the Australia government to support the proposal for the COVID-19 patent to be suspended to boost supplies to lower-income countries. 

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Women queue at COVID-19 Information Centre in India. Photo: Caritas India

Budget is a missed opportunity to address regional need

11 May 21

Caritas Australia has expressed concern that tonight’s Federal Budget has delivered limited new aid commitments at a time when the need in our region is at its greatest.  

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Emergency rations are distributed to vulnerable communities through our partner, Caritas India. Photo: Caritas India

Caritas Australia launches appeal for COVID-19 crisis sweeping across India

06 May 21

India’s COVID-19 infections have surged past 20 million, nearly doubling in the past four months – marking the biggest increase in COVID-19 infections globally.  

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Catholic Health Australia and its members raise over $350,000 to support PNG during COVID-19 crisis

06 May 21

Caritas Australia welcomes the incredible $356,200 that Catholic Health Australia members have raised to fight COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea.  

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Caritas India conducts awareness raising to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo: Caritas India

India surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

30 Apr 21

India’s COVID-19 death toll has passed 200,000, with official data showing more than 3,000 fatalities in a 24-hour period for the first time.  

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Caritas India has encouraged social distancing at handpumps and other public facilities. Photo: Caritas India.

India struggles to contain massive surge in cases of COVID-19

23 Apr 21

India is struggling to control a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, with an alarming 1.5 million new cases reported over the last week. The country’s second surge has brought the total caseload past 15 million, second only to the United States globally.  

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Minister for International Development and the Pacific visits Caritas Australia

21 Apr 21

Caritas Australia was honoured to host the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, in the Sydney office on Monday April 19.  

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Catholic Health Australia members match Caritas Australia funding to bring Catholic cash injection to fight COVID-19 in PNG to half a million dollars

08 Apr 21

Catholic Health Australia members have announced they will match Caritas Australia’s funding to bring the total amount raised to over $500,000 to fight COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea.  

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Houses swept away by the overflowing Comoro River. Photo: Dan Convoy/CRS

Over 120 deaths and thousands left homeless after flooding and landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia

07 Apr 21

Caritas Australia is raising funds to support Timor-Leste and Indonesia after 120 people were killed and thousands left homeless from extensive flooding and landslides.  

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Caritas Bangladesh Staff Member assesses damage after fires in Cox's Bazar. Photo: Anthony/Caritas Bangladesh

Fire in Cox’s Bazar leaves 11 Rohingya refugees dead and more than 500 injured

25 Mar 21

At least eleven people were killed and more than 500 injured in the massive fires which swept through Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on March 22. A further 400 people are still unaccounted for.

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Massive fire sweeps through Cox’s Bazar, leaving thousands of Rohingya refugees without shelter

23 Mar 21

On March 22, a massive fire swept through Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, destroying thousands of refugee shelters, as well as health centres and other facilities.

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Health officers from health centre in East Sepik province involved in COVID-19 training. Photo: Caritas Australia/PNG Office

Papua New Guinea COVID-19 package welcomed

17 Mar 21

Caritas Australia welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia has allocated 8000 vaccines, as well as personal protective equipment and medical specialists, to support Papua New Guinea with its recent mass outbreak of COVID-19.

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Unpacking lifesaving PPE in PNG. Photo: Caritas PNG.

Fears of a catastrophe in Papua New Guinea as new wave of COVID-19 cases hits the country

16 Mar 21

Papua New Guinea is facing a potential catastrophe with an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. At least 2,269 cases have been reported since March 9, and almost 100 new cases confirmed daily.

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Resurgence of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo threatens country facing COVID-19 and famine

12 Mar 21

Health providers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are struggling to contain fresh cases of Ebola virus, less than a year after the country’s tenth outbreak of the deadly virus was declared over.

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COVID-19 pandemic highlights need to support women and girls internationally

04 Mar 21

On International Women’s Day, Caritas Australia joins development and aid organisations all over the world in demonstrating support for gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women worldwide.

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Students at St Patricks Primary School in Blacktown celebrating Project Compassion. Photo: St Patricks Primary School

COVID-19 restrictions no barrier to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal

24 Feb 21

Project Compassion, now in its 56th year, is one of Australia’s longest running appeals. The iconic donation boxes have well and truly become a fixture in parishes and schools across the country during the 6 weeks of Lent.

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Jamila With Her Child In The Camp. Photo: Richard Wainwright

Project Compassion calls on Australians to ‘Be More’

16 Feb 21

Ash Wednesday on February 17 marks the official launch of Project Compassion 2021, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal, which runs for the six weeks of Lent.

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