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Caritas staff and volunteers on the ground following Beirut explosion. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Caritas Australia stands with Lebanese as they assess extent of blast damage

21 Aug 20

Following the massive explosion which killed over 200 and wounded over 6500, Caritas Australia with its partners on the ground, responding to the immediate needs of blast survivors in Beirut.

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Solidarity and Support for Beirut Following Devastating Explosion

06 Aug 20

We stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss. The Lebanese Catholic community is a valued part of the Caritas Australia network.

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Caritas Australia Conveys Solidarity to Lebanon

05 Aug 20

Caritas Australia is shocked and deeply saddened by the events that took place in Lebanon overnight. Reports indicate that massive explosion occurred at the port in Beirut at around 6pm on 4 August 2020 local time, killing at least 70 people and injuring thousands more.

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold. Image: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Cyclone Harold hits Pacific islands amid COVID-19 preparations

07 Apr 20

Cyclone Harold struck the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu overnight, with devastating winds reaching up to 250km hour, accompanied by heavy rains and flooding.

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Catholic College Wodonga participates in World Water Day. Photo: Catholic College Wodonga.

Imagine a world without access to clean water

18 Mar 20

According to the United Nations, 785 million people globally do not have access to clean water, and by 2030, 700 million may be displaced by water scarcity. In Africa alone, the average woman walks six kilometres to haul 18 kilograms of water each day.

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Caritas Hong Kong staff in office. Image Credit: Caritas Hong Kong

The Caritas family offers support and solidarity in the face of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

11 Mar 20

Caritas Australia, part of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, Caritas Internationalis, has joined with other global members in offering support and prayers to people infected and affected by COVID-19.

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Australian Bushfires. Photo Credits: Unsplash

Messages of love and compassion flow from global Catholic family for those affected by Australian bushfires

08 Jan 20

At this time of crisis for many Australian communities, Caritas Australia has been touched to receive many messages of solidarity from the global Catholic community. 

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Image Credit: Cassandra Hill/Caritas Australia

Pacific voices: climate action needed at the heart of Pacific step-up

28 Nov 19

Ahead of next week’s UN climate summit, Pacific Island voices are highlighting the need for climate action to be front and centre of the Australian government’s Pacific Step Up.

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Statement about Central African Republic

20 Nov 19

Statement about Central African Republic: Caritas Australia is appalled to learn that a convicted child abuser was appointed as the Country Director for Caritas Central African Republic.

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Caritas Australia, CEO, Kirsty Robertson. Photo: Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia's New CEO driven by hope for a more just world

05 Nov 19

People often ask, ‘Is the world we have right now the world that God intended?’ Ours is a world where we have nearly a billion people who will go to bed hungry tonight. I don’t think this is the world that God intended.” Ms. Robertson said.

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Australian Ambassador to the Holy See launches Toiletry Bag Initiative with Catholic agencies in the Northern Territory

15 Sep 19

On Thursday the 12th of September, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Melissa Hitchman, joined with State, Catholic and Indigenous agencies to launch a free Toiletry Bag Program in the Northern Territory.

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Women For The World event delegates, Sydney. Photo Credit: Peter Brennan

Fight injustice this September and help women around the world

28 Aug 19

WFTW is a movement which aims to empower the world’s most marginalised women. Each September women across the breadth of Australia gather to stand in solidarity with women fighting inequality around the world.

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Image Credit: Caritas Australia

Caritas pays tribute to Tim Fischer as a man of leadership and integrity

23 Aug 19

Caritas Australia, has joined the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in paying tribute to the former Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer. 

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Pacific climate action must be met with Australian emissions reductions, says Caritas Australia

15 Aug 19

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. 

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Image Credit: Caritas Australia

Kirsty Robertson named new CEO of Caritas Australia

06 Aug 19

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. 

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Photo Credit: Nicole Clements/Caritas Australia

Australian Aid must put climate change at the forefront of development

05 Jul 19

Caritas Australia urges the Australian Government to reflect the urgent threats of climate change as well as the regional opportunities for leadership.

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Bangladesh's Cardinal calls for international community to show action not words in support of Rohingya

18 Jun 19

The Archbishop of Dhaka, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, calls on the international community to take action and not mere words, in support of Rohingyas who have escaped Myanmar for Bangladesh.

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Australia schools giving generously for Caritas Australia's Project Compassion

04 Jun 19

All around the country, schools, parishes and communities have given generously to Caritas Australia through its Annual Lenten fundraising campaign, Project Compassion.

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A troubling double whammy: rushed Pacific funding facility and cuts to Australian Aid

04 Apr 19

Jubilee Australia and Caritas Australia have expressed dismay over tonight's passage of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment Bill, as well as further cuts to the Australian aid budget announced last night.

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