OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Solidarity and community: coordination of Catholic bodies to help victims of fires

Thursday, 30 January 2020 solidarity   catholic church   natural disasters   humanitarian aid  


Sydney (Agenzia Fides)- "The unprecedented bushfires that have devastated Australia in the past months were the catalyst for deeper collaboration between Catholic ministries. For this reason, the 'Catholic Emergency Relief Australia' (CERA) brings together the leadership of key national organisations to support the Catholic Church’s response to emergency events. The founding organizations are: The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission". This is what we read in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the Bishops’ Conference of Australian bishops.
Already in recent weeks, in response to emergencies, the Church had mobilized with various initiatives, such as the commitment carried out by the congregation of San Vincenzo de Paoli and by "Catholic Mission", National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia.
In the note sent to Fides, Mgr. Mark Benedict Coleridge, president of the Australian Bishops' Conference: "In these days, our parishes are constantly receiving requests from individuals and families who need a place to stay, who need new clothes or appliances, who need a listening ear. Much of that support will come from government, from Catholic and other charitable organisations, but volunteers can carry out some of the urgent tasks to help people in their daily lives".
"The imposing response to the tragedy of fires and drought has once again highlighted the community strength of the Catholic Church", concluded the bishop, confirming the commitment of Catholic institutions in the coming months, to meet the needs of internally displaced persons and to ensure that they can resume their normal life. (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 30/1/2020)