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Rescue efforts underway for people trapped by the landslide. Photo: Steven Yange/ABC

Caritas agencies on the ground assessing devastation in Papua New Guinea

28 May 24

Remote communities in Papua New Guinea have been devastated by a catastrophic landslide that struck the Enga province at 3am on 24th May.

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Grassroots Action Palmerston and Caritas Australia echo ‘Now More Than Ever’ call this Reconciliation Week

27 May 24

This year the theme for Reconciliation Week is Now More Than Ever, a theme that reminds us that, no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will – and must – continue. 

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Supplies supported by the Gaza Appeal entering Gaza. Photo Credit: CRS.

Supplies reach northern Gaza as Caritas partners face evacuations in the south

23 May 24

This week Caritas partners in Gaza reported the successful delivery of supplies to support 2,500 families in northern Gaza. 

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Angelo and Angel preparing to go to school in the Philippines. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Remember a loved one with a Caritas Australia 'In Memoriam' tribute page

22 May 24

Caritas Australia is offering the community a new way to honour the legacy of their loved ones by donating to help the world’s most vulnerable people forge a path out of poverty.  

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Caritas Australia urges the government to show greater leadership amid converging global crises

14 May 24

Caritas Australia expresses concerns about the lack of growth in overseas development aid amid unprecedented crises.

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Caritas Australia’s Catholic Earthcare program publishes Laudato Si’ Week resources for schools and parishes

13 May 24

To support Laudato Si’ Week, the Catholic Earthcare program is helping parishes and schools celebrate and delve deeper with three new resources.

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Christine Abboud, Senior Social Worker at Caritas Lebanon, distributing household essentials in Beirut. Photo credit, Caritas Australia.

Caritas Australia launches Lebanon Emergency Appeal amid historic inflation and hunger.

08 May 24

Caritas Lebanon is working to support the most vulnerable communities in the country with healthcare services, hot meal distribution, livelihood support, and rent and cash assistance. 

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Chiquito and his family in Timor-Leste. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia launches tax time appeal addressing hunger in Timor Leste

02 May 24

A prolonged dry spell in Timor Leste, driven by El Niño, has decimated crops, dried up water sources, and left farmers struggling to feed their families. This has exacerbated already high levels of poverty and steady increases in food prices. 

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Laxmi from Nepal is one of the 60 faces featured in the book. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Win First Nations artwork by voting on your favourite Caritas Australia portrait

30 Apr 24

Caritas Australia is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the launch of a limited-edition commemoration book 60 Faces: Portraits of Compassion in Action, supported by a photo competition.

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A child holds a teddy amid the destruction. Photo Credit: Elisabeth Sellmeier for Caritas Vienna.

Caritas partners in Ukraine detail a new wave of displacement

23 Apr 24

Caritas Australia’s partners in Ukraine report intensified hostilities in front-line areas and border communities, triggering a new wave of displacement.

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Archbishop Comensoli with students from St Mary's College St Kilda at the Melbourne Project Compassion 2024 launch. Photo credit Catholic Archdiocese.

Caritas Australia thanks schools and parishes for another successful Project Compassion

17 Apr 24

Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraiser Project Compassion has been a success this year thanks to the dedication and support of over 1,700 schools and 1,200 parishes across the country. 

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Dignity kits distribution by CAFOD in Sudan. Photo CAFOD

Caritas Australia echoes calls for more Sudan funding as a year of conflict passes

15 Apr 24

Following the outbreak of conflict in Sudan a year ago, 25 million people - including 14 million children - now need humanitarian assistance and support.

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Priscilla, Zimbabwe, learned conservation farming to produce drought-resistant crops. Photo: Richard Wainwright.

Caritas Australia launches its Laudato Si Action Plan, encouraging a “ripple effect of change”

09 Apr 24

Caritas Australia has created and launched its Laudato Si Action Plan as a contributing organisation for the delivery of the anticipated Plenary Council Decree on “Integral Ecology and Conversion for the Sake of our Common Home”. 

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Caritas Australia joins humanitarian agencies in condemning aid worker deaths

03 Apr 24

Caritas Australia and several other humanitarian agencies have collectively condemned the rising aid worker death toll in Gaza following the deaths of seven international aid workers killed while working for the World Central Kitchen.

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Gwen Michener at St Simon the Apostle parish in Rowville with a visiting priest from Flores Island in Indonesia, Fr David Lemewu. Photo credit: Caritas Australia.

Caritas Australia gives thanks for Project Compassion 2024

28 Mar 24

Caritas Australia extends a heartfelt thank you to all staff, volunteers, and community members involved in making Project Compassion a success.

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People cycle past destroyed buildings in Gaza. Photo credit: CRS.

“The love of life and thanks to God is the basis of everything” says Caritas worker in Gaza

26 Mar 24

Caritas partners share sobering words and stories – coming from their own teams working on the ground in Gaza, as well as the people they are helping.  

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Caritas Australia celebrates 60 years of love and compassion in action

22 Mar 24

Caritas Australia is celebrating its 60th year, with The Catholic Overseas Relief Committee that later became Caritas Australia, having been founded in 1964.  

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Kirsty Robertson CEO of Caritas Australia at the Safer World for All Canberra launch. Photo credit: Alexandra Orme for Safer World for All.

Caritas Australia visits Canberra to campaign for a Safer World for All

20 Mar 24

Following the launch of the Safer World for All campaign, Caritas Australia has taken part in a series of events in Canberra designed to engage ministers on critical global humanitarian issues of concern. 

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Buildings in the aftermath of shelling in Gaza taken in February 2024. Photo credit: CRS.

Gaza crisis: joint statement by Caritas agencies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand

15 Mar 24

The Caritas agencies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand urge the Government of Australia to restore funding to UNRWA, as they renew calls for the release of all hostages and detained people, a ceasefire and humanitarian access.

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Caritas applies Church teachings to furthering women’s participation and leadership

08 Mar 24

As part of a month of action on empowering women, Caritas Internationalis has launched a new booklet “Equality, Encounter, Renewal: A Caritas commitment to women’s leadership and participation”.

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