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15 Aug 2019
With the release of the Pacific Islands Forum communique this week, 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, according to International Aid and Development Organisation, Caritas Australia.
6 Aug 2019
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, the chairman of the National Council announced today.
5 Jul 2019
As the United Kingdom pursues a development policy which puts the climate emergency and environmental protection at the heart of overseas aid, Caritas Australia urges the Australian Government to also reflect the urgent threats as well as the regional opportunities for leadership, which climate change calls for in our own region.
18 Jun 2019
The Archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s bustling capital city, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, recently visited Sydney, calling on the international community to take action and not mere words, in support of Rohingyas who have escaped Myanmar for Bangladesh.
4 Jun 2019
All around the country, schools, parishes and communities have given generously to Caritas Australia through its Annual Lenten fundraising campaign, Project Compassion.
3 Apr 2019
Jubilee Australia and Caritas Australia have expressed dismay over tonight's passage of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill which was rushed through parliament despite strong concerns from civil society, as well as further cuts to the Australian aid budget announced last night.
19 Mar 2019
Over 600 million people globally do not have access to clean water, and 2.3 billion live without basic sanitation. In Africa alone, a lack of water means women and girls need to collectively devote 40 billion hours a year to walking for its collection.
18 Mar 2019
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 2019
Caritas Australia welcomes the firm commitment to start to restore Australia’s international aid program made by Federal Shadow Foreign Minister, Senator Penny Wong, in her address last night to the University of Queensland.
11 Mar 2019
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.
Now I can bathe every day, the distance to collect water for the family has been drastically reduced.We now drink clean, safe water and diseases are no longer affecting us.”
- Thandolwayo, Zimbabwe
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Caritas Australia is the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia. We are a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and the Church Agencies Network. We are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN 90 970 605 069) with charity status. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.