OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Australian Christians give generously to special collections and other efforts of solidarity for earthquake victims in Pakistan

Thursday, 20 October 2005

Sydney (Fides Service) - “We are with them as they help those stricken people start a new life”, said Fr Terence Bell, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, explaining how PMS Australia is helping PMS in Pakistan assist earthquake victims.
Catholics all over Australia and Pontifical Mission Societies offices in particular are holding special collections in aid of people made homeless by the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan. The PMS in Australia have a tradition of assisting Pakistan and they help in three areas: partnerships between dioceses and parishes; formation for religious and lay church personnel; assistance for children.
PMS Australia already sent 130,000 Aus dollars to national PMS director in Pakistan Fr. Mario Rodrigues, who is organising aid in remote mountain villages. “We work with our Muslim brothers and sisters to provide aid for the earthquake victims. With our common effort for solidarity we bear witness to the God of love who cares for all men and women and brings good even from situations of tragedy such as this”, said Fr. Rodrigues.
Christians all over Australia are collecting funds with various initiatives of solidarity to help the earthquake victims in Pakistan and India.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 20/10/2005 righe 27 parole 282)