Media Releases

Rohingya refugee communities working together in Cox’s Bazar for World Refugee Day

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. 

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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.   

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

Caritas India receives prestigious award for its response to COVID-19

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.

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Caritas network responds to deadly West Sulawesi earthquake

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.

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Category Five storm Cyclone Yasa devastates Fiji

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.  

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Support people living with disabilities this Christmas

15 Dec 20

This Christmas, Caritas Australia is shining the light on the many vulnerable people living with disabilities around the world.

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Sr Ivy Khoury in Mozambique. Photo: Caritas Australia.

The challenges of responding to COVID-19 in rural communities in southern Africa

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.

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Locals wade through floodwaters after Typhoon Vamco batters the Philippines. Photo: NASSA/Caritas Philippines

Philippines suffers extensive damage after being hit by multiple typhoons

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.

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Bring hope and joy this Christmas with a Caritas Global Gift

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.”

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Super Typhoon Goni hits Philippines only a week after Typhoon Quinta

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.

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Tom Powell, founder of Red Dust Healing. Photo: Red Dust Healing

New report on changing climate in the Pacific region

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.

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Caritas Australia welcomes additional COVID-19 vaccine support to the region

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.

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Friendship and solidarity key themes in Pope Francis’ letter

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.

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Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director CEWA, Athena Route, Year 12 Student Mater Dei College and Paul Reid, Caritas Australia Social and Ecological Justice Animator for WA And SA.

Year 12 Student wins Caritas Australia award for artwork

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”.

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New Caritas Australia Board. L-R: Christine Grima, Kirsty Robertson (CEO), Jack De Groot, Bishop Vincent Long, Wendy Hughes and Robert Fitzgerald AM. Photo: Daniel Nour/Caritas Australia.

Blessing of new Caritas Australia Board

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.

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Caritas staff and volunteers on the ground. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Caritas Australia recovery efforts continue in Beirut

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.

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The Caritas Network is on the ground responding to emergency needs in Beirut. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Over one million dollars donated to Beirut recovery efforts through global Caritas network

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.

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Caritas staff and volunteers on the ground following Beirut explosion. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Caritas Australia stands with Lebanese as they assess extent of blast damage

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.

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Solidarity and Support for Beirut Following Devastating Explosion

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.

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Caritas Australia Conveys Solidarity to Lebanon

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.

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Image Source : Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Cyclone Harold hits Pacific islands amid COVID-19 preparations

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.

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Photo Credit : Catholic College Wodonga.

Imagine a world without access to clean water

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.

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Image Credit : Caritas Hong Kong

The Caritas family offers support and solidarity in the face of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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.

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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. 

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Image Credit: Cassandra Hill/Caritas Australia

Pacific voices: climate action needed at the heart of Pacific step-up

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.

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Statement about Central African Republic

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.

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Caritas Australia's New CEO driven by hope for a more just world

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.

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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.

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Photo Credit: Peter Brennan

Fight injustice this September and help women around the world

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.

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Image Credit: Caritas Australia

Caritas pays tribute to Tim Fischer as a man of leadership and integrity

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. 

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Pacific climate action must be met with Australian emissions reductions, says Caritas Australia

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. 

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Image Credit: Caritas Australia

Kirsty Robertson named new CEO of Caritas Australia

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. 

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Photo Credit: Nicole Clements/Caritas Australia

Australian Aid must put climate change at the forefront of development

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.

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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.

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Australia schools giving generously for Caritas Australia's Project Compassion

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.

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A troubling double whammy: rushed Pacific funding facility and cuts to Australian Aid

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.

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Aussie school kids grab a bucket for World Water Day

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. 

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West Tigers Coach urges others to make a world of difference

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.

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In Cambodia water distribution systems are improving the quality of life.
Photo Chanthea Nou. Caritas Australia

Caritas welcomes Labor’s commitment to strengthen Australia's aid program

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.

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Project Compassion international speakers: Baskoro (left) and Super Dube (right)
Photo credit: Caritas Australia

Project Compassion Empowering Australians to Make a World of Difference

11 Mar 19

This March, tens of thousands of Australians including students and community supporters will be fundraising for Project Compassion.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison's climate fund only a start

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.  

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Caritas responds following Indonesia's Sunda Strait Tsunami

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.

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A new era for Australian aid

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.

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Australia must make climate change a priority

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.

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Syrian refugees in Turkey
Photo: Patrick Nicholson, Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Australia urges government to adopt global migration compact

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.

 

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Changes to a bill a win for Australian Democracy

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. 

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Okaba planting. Photo: Caritas Australia.

Climate finance and grassroots aid missing from the new pivot to the pacific

09 Nov 18

Caritas Australia welcomes the federal government’s new commitment to expand its assistance Australia’s Pacific Island neighbour.

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Lima who was assisted during her birth by Caritas trained midwife Monika cradles her healthy baby Jyoti. Photo: Caritas Australia.

Protect the miracle of motherhood this Christmas with Caritas Global Gift

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. 

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Caritas network’s ongoing response to Sulawesi tsunami and earthquake

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.

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Caritas responds following devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi

30 Sep 18

The Caritas international network, is responding with emergency assistance following a powerful earthquake that rocked central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday.

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Caritas Network Responds to Typhoon Mangkhut

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.

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Photo: Nicole Clements, Caritas Australia

Be a Woman for the World and help fight injustice this September

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.

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Bernard Holland. Photo: Caritas Australia

Appointment of Catholic Earthcare Director

30 Aug 18

Bernard Holland has taken up the position of Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia. 

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Caritas Australia pays tribute to aid workers on World Humanitarian Day

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.

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Australia's Catholics respond generously to global poverty

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.

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Caritas promotes week of sharing with refugees

20 Jun 18

Caritas Australia has joined Pope Francis’ call to #sharethejourney, to promote the rights and the protection of refugees and migrants.

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Tax Time - A time to support the world's poor

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.

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Caritas supporting marginalised communities three years after Nepal earthquake

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.

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