Media Releases

Caritas Australia welcomes $35 million commitment for humanitarian aid in Ukraine  

02 Mar 22

Caritas Australia welcomes the initial $35 million commitment from the Australian Government for urgent humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.   

“This humanitarian aid is desperately needed in Ukraine right now,” said Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s CEO.  

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Caritas Australia to hold special prayer for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

01 Mar 22

On March 2, Ash Wednesday, Caritas Australia will be holding “Pray for Ukraine”, a special prayer in solidarity with Ukraine open to all via Zoom at 4pm AEST. Caritas Australia’s Director of Mission, Michael McGirr, will be leading the vigil. 

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Project Compassion calls 'For All Future Generations’ to come together for those in crisis 

01 Mar 22

Ash Wednesday on March 2 marks the official launch of Project Compassion 2022, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten appeal, which runs for the six weeks of Lent.  

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Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with Ukraine

25 Feb 22

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of eastern Ukraine in response to the recent significant escalation of armed conflict.   

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Caritas Australia alarmed about humanitarian need in Afghanistan 

23 Feb 22

Caritas Australia is deeply alarmed at the deteriorating conditions faced by many people in Afghanistan. The country is facing one of the worst droughts seen in decades, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as decades of political instability and chronic poverty.

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Solomon Islands continue to battle serious COVID-19 outbreak

09 Feb 22

Case numbers of COVID-19 have soared from zero to 2,790 in the small Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands. The first case was reported on 19 January, and within 12 hours more than 100 cases had been reported. So far 25 people have died from COVID-19 in the country. 

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Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos left homeless this Christmas in wake of catastrophic Typhoon Rai

23 Dec 21

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos will be left homeless this Christmas in the wake of the catastrophic Typhoon Rai, many without clean water, power, food, telecommunications or medicine. At last count around 662,000 were displaced by the storm, and at least 159,000 homes have been damaged. 

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Australians called to stand united with Lebanese diaspora as crisis deepens

20 Dec 21

Lebanon is facing a dire humanitarian crisis as the country has been plunged into what the World Bank says may be one of the three worst economic crises the world has seen in the past 150 years. 

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Over 200 casualties and 780,000 impacted by Typhoon Rai in the Philippines

20 Dec 21

At least 200 people were killed and a further 780,000 impacted by Typhoon Rai, which slammed into the Philippines with wind gusts of up to 235 km/h last Thursday, 16 December.  

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Giving the gift of compassion through Caritas Australia’s Christmas Appeal

12 Dec 21

This festive season, you can support some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people around the world through Caritas Australia’s Christmas Appeal. 

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Caritas Australia’s Global Gifts bring hope and joy this Christmas

30 Nov 21

After another challenging year, Caritas Australia is calling on Australians to renew their faith and commitment to helping those less fortunate by giving a gift that makes a real difference for those in need this Christmas. 

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Aid workers concerned about impacts of riots in Honiara

26 Nov 21

Protests have broken out this week in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, prompting aid workers to raise concerns about the impacts of the unrest on access to food and livelihoods.

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Catholic Earthcare Australia launches Earthcare Parishes

17 Nov 21

With the Laudato Si Action Platform moving into the commitment phase, Catholic Earthcare has launched Earthcare Parishes to assist parishes on their journey towards the Laudato Si Goals.  

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Caritas Australia supports new report outlining Australia’s global role in vaccination roll out

11 Oct 21

Caritas Australia, as a part of the End COVID For All Campaign, is urging the Federal Government to commit to supporting developing countries in the fight against COVID-19 before the virus mutates and renders current vaccines ineffective.

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Economic crisis in Lebanon plunges three-quarters of the population into poverty 

20 Sep 21

Lebanon's financial crisis continues to worsen with 90 per cent wiped off the value of the local currency since 2019, food prices inflated by up to 1000 per cent in some cases, and three-quarters of the population plunged into poverty in less than 18 months.  

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Double your donation to support women and girls globally 

16 Sep 21

From 17 to 23 September, all donations to Caritas Australia’s Women for the World campaign will be doubled by a generous group of supporters, until we reach our target of $250,000. By donating during this period, supporters can help raise an amazing quarter of a million dollars to support vulnerable people around the world.  

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Caritas Australia launches Women for the World campaign to support women globally 

06 Sep 21

Caritas Australia has launched its annual Women for the World campaign - which brings Australians together to help empower vulnerable women with the skills and resources they need to take control of their lives and forge their path out of poverty. 

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Humanitarian emergency in Lebanon reaches crisis point 

20 Aug 21

Lebanon has reached boiling point from enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.   

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Catholic agencies provide relief in Haiti after earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace  

19 Aug 21

After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, Catholic agencies, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Haiti have been working to provide relief to over 75,000 families affected.

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Australian Government must respond to unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan 

18 Aug 21

Families are fleeing their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones in Afghanistan after the lightning speed return to power by the Taliban, the fundamentalist faction that has now regained power after 20 years.

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Responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor through Catholic Earthcare programs

12 Aug 21

To respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, and support the Social Justice statement 2021/2022, Catholic Earthcare Australia has launched the national #act4ourcommonhome campaign. 

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