18 Jun 21
This World Refugee Day on June 20, Caritas Australia celebrates the Rohingya refugees working together to improve living conditions and community safety in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world. Recent research by Caritas Australia and local partner, Caritas Bangladesh, has found that community-based programs in the camps have had a significant positive impact on the wellbeing of women and children.
Meeting in Wellington strengthens bilateral ties for Caritas Australia and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
15 Jun 21
Caritas Australia was welcomed to Wellington, New Zealand, by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, for a bilateral meeting last week. The goal was to reconfirm the commitment to collaboration on the shared objective to address global poverty and inequities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
09 Feb 21
Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas India, has recently been awarded the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Award 2020 for COVID-19 Humanitarian Efforts.
The award recognises the tireless work of Caritas India during the pandemic to reach the most vulnerable communities.
18 Jan 21
Caritas Australia’s partners on the ground in Indonesia are responding to the immediate needs of over 15,000 people displaced by twin earthquakes which have rocked the island of Sulawesi.
18 Dec 20
Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground responding to the immediate needs of thousands of people in Fiji in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa, a Category Five storm which slammed into the low-lying Pacific island late December 17.
15 Dec 20
This Christmas, Caritas Australia is shining the light on the many vulnerable people living with disabilities around the world.
26 Nov 20
Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground responding to the impacts of COVID-19 in eastern and southern Africa, where communities that rely on small-scale agriculture for their food and livelihoods have been severely impacted by government restrictions on gatherings.
17 Nov 20
Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground responding to the immediate needs of hundreds of thousands of people in the aftermath of Typhoon Vamco, which has struck the Philippines only weeks after Typhoon Quinta and Super Typhoon Goni – the most powerful storm this year.
16 Nov 20
Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts are a great way to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas by showing compassion to those in need and sending joy and hope across the globe.”
02 Nov 20
Caritas Australia partners are on the ground monitoring the impact of Super Typhoon Goni, the world’s most powerful storm this year, which has struck the Philippines and will soon hit Vietnam only a week after Typhoon Quinta.
22 Oct 20
A research report released this month on environmental changes in Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific countries has found that local indigenous communities are experiencing severe impacts as a result of a changing climate.
07 Oct 20
Caritas Australia welcomes the government’s announcement in last night’s federal budget that Australia will increase economic support for COVID-19 response and recovery in our region by $304.7 million over the next two years.
06 Oct 20
On Sunday, 4th October, Pope Francis released the third encyclical letter of his pontificate: Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All), focussing on the ideas of friendship and human solidarity.
24 Sep 20
Athena Route, a year 12 student at Mater Dei College in Perth, won the Caritas Australia Perpetual Trophy at the 2020 Angelico Exhibition for her artwork entitled “The Value of Intangible Memories”.
22 Sep 20
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, is charting a new path into the future with the inauguration of a board which emerges from its incorporation process.
10 Sep 20
A month after the massive explosion which devastated the city of Beirut, killing over 200 people, the Caritas network is on the ground responding with new tactics and solutions for long-term development.
31 Aug 20
Following the massive explosion which killed over 200 people and wounded 6500, Caritas Australia, part of the global Caritas network, is responding to the immediate needs of blast survivors in Beirut with an international solidarity effort.
21 Aug 20
Following the massive explosion which killed over 200 and wounded over 6500, Caritas Australia with its partners on the ground, responding to the immediate needs of blast survivors in Beirut.
06 Aug 20
We stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss. The Lebanese Catholic community is a valued part of the Caritas Australia network.
05 Aug 20
Caritas Australia is shocked and deeply saddened by the events that took place in Lebanon overnight. Reports indicate that massive explosion occurred at the port in Beirut at around 6pm on 4 August 2020 local time, killing at least 70 people and injuring thousands more.
07 Apr 20
Cyclone Harold struck the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu overnight, with devastating winds reaching up to 250km hour, accompanied by heavy rains and flooding.
02 Apr 20
Australian singer, songwriter and musician, Gary Pinto is urging thousands of school children, teachers, churches and families across Australia during Project Compassion.
18 Mar 20
According to the United Nations, 785 million people globally do not have access to clean water, and by 2030, 700 million may be displaced by water scarcity. In Africa alone, the average woman walks six kilometres to haul 18 kilograms of water each day.
12 Mar 20
Life is tough for the Philippine’s 17 million indigenous people who face discrimination, disadvantage and displacement from ancestral lands.
11 Mar 20
Caritas Australia, part of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, Caritas Internationalis, has joined with other global members in offering support and prayers to people infected and affected by COVID-19.
Messages of love and compassion flow from global Catholic family for those affected by Australian bushfires
08 Jan 20
At this time of crisis for many Australian communities, Caritas Australia has been touched to receive many messages of solidarity from the global Catholic community.
28 Nov 19
Ahead of next week’s UN climate summit, Pacific Island voices are highlighting the need for climate action to be front and centre of the Australian government’s Pacific Step Up.
20 Nov 19
Statement about Central African Republic: Caritas Australia is appalled to learn that a convicted child abuser was appointed as the Country Director for Caritas Central African Republic.
05 Nov 19
“People often ask, ‘Is the world we have right now the world that God intended?’ Ours is a world where we have nearly a billion people who will go to bed hungry tonight. I don’t think this is the world that God intended.” Ms. Robertson said.
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See launches Toiletry Bag Initiative with Catholic agencies in the Northern Territory
15 Sep 19
On Thursday the 12th of September, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Melissa Hitchman, joined with State, Catholic and Indigenous agencies to launch a free Toiletry Bag Program in the Northern Territory.
28 Aug 19
WFTW is a movement which aims to empower the world’s most marginalised women. Each September women across the breadth of Australia gather to stand in solidarity with women fighting inequality around the world.
23 Aug 19
Caritas Australia, has joined the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in paying tribute to the former Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer.
15 Aug 19
The Morrison Government’s climate aid package goes only some of the way to address the urgent and pressing call for Australia to take stronger action to reduce emissions.
06 Aug 19
Kirsty Robertson, an experienced and accomplished leader of Catholic ministries and not-for-profit organisations, will serve as Caritas Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer.
05 Jul 19
Caritas Australia urges the Australian Government to reflect the urgent threats of climate change as well as the regional opportunities for leadership.
Bangladesh's Cardinal calls for international community to show action not words in support of Rohingya
18 Jun 19
The Archbishop of Dhaka, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, calls on the international community to take action and not mere words, in support of Rohingyas who have escaped Myanmar for Bangladesh.
04 Jun 19
All around the country, schools, parishes and communities have given generously to Caritas Australia through its Annual Lenten fundraising campaign, Project Compassion.
04 Apr 19
Jubilee Australia and Caritas Australia have expressed dismay over tonight's passage of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill, as well as further cuts to the Australian aid budget announced last night.
19 Mar 19
Tens of thousands of students and community supporters all over Australia have come together to fundraise for Project Compassion this World Water Day on 22 March.
18 Mar 19
Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire has encouraged sporting and school communities around Australia to “Give 100%” during Caritas Australia’s major fundraising and awareness-raising campaign, Project Compassion.
13 Mar 19
Caritas Australia welcomes the firm commitment to start to restore Australia’s international aid program made by Senator Penny Wong, in her address last night to the University of Queensland.
11 Mar 19
This March, tens of thousands of Australians including students and community supporters will be fundraising for Project Compassion.
25 Feb 19
Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement of a Climate Solutions Fund represents a step towards a stronger federal government policy related to climate action.
27 Dec 18
Four days after a tsunami rolled over the community of the Sunda Strait in Western Indonesia, the Caritas international network is on the ground responding with emergency assistance.
20 Dec 18
Caritas Australia welcomes the announcement of the Labor Party to commit to increasing the value of Australia’s overseas aid program every year it is in government, if successful at the next year’s election.
06 Dec 18
Delegates from the Caritas Internationalis network are at the UN climate talks in Poland and are urging States to deliver a concrete plan to tackle the devastating impacts of climate change on human life, ecosystems, food and water security.
05 Dec 18
Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, urges the Australian Government to adopt the Global Migration Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, after its recent decision to withdraw from the historic multilateral agreement.
27 Nov 18
Caritas Australia commends the decision by all political parties to pass the amended version of the Electoral Disclosure Reform Bill (EFDR) through both houses of parliament.
09 Nov 18
Caritas Australia welcomes the federal government’s new commitment to expand its assistance Australia’s Pacific Island neighbour.
08 Nov 18
According to the latest UN estimates, more than 300,000 women each year die in childbirth or as a result of complications arising from pregnancy.
02 Nov 18
One month after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the Caritas international network continues to assist those whose lives were devastated by the disaster.
30 Sep 18
The Caritas international network, is responding with emergency assistance following a powerful earthquake that rocked central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday.
17 Sep 18
The Caritas international network is on the ground responding with emergency assistance, following the devastating impact of Typhoon Mangkhut, considered the strongest typhoon this year.
03 Sep 18
Caritas Australia is encouraging women to fight this injustice, celebrate empowerment and help end poverty by hosting a “Women for the World” event this September.
30 Aug 18
Bernard Holland has taken up the position of Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia.
20 Aug 18
Caritas Australia and CAN DO CEOs (Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations), attended Humanitarians in Action, a photography and video exhibition, launched today by Ms Julie Bishop at Parliament House, Canberra.
08 Aug 18
Many thousands of supporters across parishes and schools have joined in solidarity with the world’s poor donating more than $10.8 million to Project Compassion.
20 Jun 18
Caritas Australia has joined Pope Francis’ call to #sharethejourney, to promote the rights and the protection of refugees and migrants.
05 Jun 18
As the end of the financial year approaches, Caritas Australia is urging people to consider a charitable donation that can boost their tax return, while providing life-saving work in some of the world’s poorest communities.
17 May 18
Three years after the Nepal earthquake, which killed 9,000 people and injured more than 22,000, Caritas Australia continues to restore infrastructure, livelihoods and community wellbeing in the earthquake prone country.