Media Releases

Major earthquake hits Haiti, killing over 1,200 

06 Aug 21

The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency, and is anticipating casualties and injuries to rise. 

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Caritas Australia remembers one year since Beirut blast

05 Aug 21

On August 4 2020, a tragic explosion in the Beirut port in Lebanon killed more than 200 people, injured more than 7,500 and left approximately 300,000 homeless. 

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Cambodian prisoners learn new skills for World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 Jul 21

This World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, Caritas Australia celebrates its partner, Caritas Cambodia, working to help prevent human trafficking. Caritas Cambodia supports prisoners to develop the skills necessary to find meaningful work after imprisonment

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Indonesia battles devastating second wave of COVID-9 outbreak 

22 Jul 21

Indonesia continues to battle a serious outbreak of COVID-19, which is quickly spiraling out of control as the virulent Delta variant spreads across the nation.   

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World faces most significant increase in hunger in decades 

16 Jul 21

A report released by the UN this week shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the most significant increase in world hunger in decades, with global hunger increasing last year by an astonishing 18 per cent compared to the year before.  

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India continues to struggle with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

13 Jul 21

As New South Wales negotiates its lockdown, communities across India continue to struggle with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, with a concerning impact on some of the poorest and most marginalised.  

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A carbon farmer in action. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia partners with Aboriginal Carbon Foundation to reduce carbon emissions 

08 Jul 21

Caritas Australia is excited to announce a new partnership with the innovative Aboriginal Carbon Foundation, an organisation that works with Indigenous communities to build sustainable economies through carbon farming.   

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New emergency measures in Indonesia put most vulnerable at risk 

06 Jul 21

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has recently announced new emergency measures to contain the latest COVID-19 surge in the country.  

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Jamila at a Women Friendly Space in Bangladesh. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

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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