Other recent blog entries
21 Apr 2016 | Blog | Emergency Relief
One year ago, a massive earthquake hit Nepal, leaving almost one third of the country’s population in need of humanitarian assistance. Thiramaya Garti Chetri is 103 years old and lives in Sindhupalchowk, a district 100km from Kathmandu. On the day of the earthquake she was lying down alone in front her house on a mat and her daughter was working in the field.
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20 Apr 2016 | Blog | Emergency Relief
I travelled with members of the Archdiocesan Disaster Relief Team to visit affected communities hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Despite the visit taking place 3 weeks after Cyclone Winston tore through villages, the scenes of Armageddon remain. Trees were standing like matchsticks completely bare of leaves or snapped in half by the force of the storm.
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19 Apr 2016 | Blog | Campaigns
On May 3rd, the government plans to cut our Aid program by another $224 million. This will bring Australian Aid to its lowest ever level – just 0.22% of GNI. Budgets can seem dry and abstract, but Brendan Joyce explains why it's important, and what we can do to stop our country becoming the least generous we’ve ever been.
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5 Apr 2016 | Blog | A Just Climate
An upcoming event on Tuesday 12 April will hear directly from people already being forced to consider migrating due to the effects of climate change. The communities of the four atoll groups - comprising around 6,000 people - are all facing the prospect of forced relocation to mainland Bougainville because of the impacts of climate change. This poses huge challenges to both the relocating and the receiving communities including distinctly different cultural traditions and characteristics.
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4 Apr 2016 | Blog | Indigenous peoples
In March 2016 Zach Wone, First Australians Project Officer with Caritas Australia was fortunate to visit Aotearoa New Zealand on behalf of the Caritas Australia First Australians program with one of our partners, Uncle Tom Powell of Red Dust Healing. in this report back he reflects on the Parihaka community that they visited. Parihaka is a significant place in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand as the centre of the non-violent resistance movement.
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30 Mar 2016 | Blog
In this Easter season may our eyes be open to those who “show and tell” the liberating mercy of God and work to make a fairer, more just world.
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23 Mar 2016 | Blog | Project Compassion
We all look for consistency, efficiency and reliability in our work tools. We seek constancy in love, understanding and sincerity in our relationships. In other words we look for a tried and true 'default position'. In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to set our ‘default’ at MERCY.
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21 Mar 2016 | Blog | Project Compassion
Martin Mazinga is the Program Coordinator for CADECOM, Caritas Australia’s partner in Malawi. Part of his work is overseeing the program from Malawi which is featured in Project Compassion this year. A few weeks ago, Martin took part in a Q&A Google Hangout session online to speak with students in Victoria.
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14 Mar 2016 | Blog | Emergency Relief
For us at Caritas, the stories we hear from people living through the conflict often grip our hearts and compel us to keep delivering critical assistance to communities who keep longing for peace. Hear their stories and find out what you can do.
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10 Mar 2016 | Blog
“A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just,” said Pope Francis. Last year, he announced that 2016 would be the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Here are a few suggestions on how you can take up the Acts of Mercy.
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My life has been transformed. I am now more knowledgeable on a number of issues and have a vision.
- Doney, with Junior, Malawi