On Monday, the first full day without violence in either Gaza or southern Israel, and after what was probably the first proper night's sleep for many since the fighting began, Gazans woke up to find a moonscape where their homes had been.Read more...
Trapped in Ramallah
Five families were sitting in this room. A news channel was flickering, muted in the corner. All of them Gazan, they had been given special passes to leave Gaza to make pilgrimages to Bethlehem for Christmas. These passes are gold dust in Gaza: every year hundreds apply but only 300 are granted. Although these families didn't know each other before, they were tied to a single tragedy. When Israel began the bombardment of Gaza, the border was shut down, completely and immediately. They were stranded. Read more...
Increased access for aid organisations to Gaza is urgent to provide humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands civilians there.
12 January 2009 - Caritas medical clinic in Gaza destroyed by Israeli jet attack
Caritas Internationalis have announced an emergency appeal for their humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis. The appeal comes as news filters through from Gaza that one of Caritas Jerusalem's medical points in Gaza was destroyed by an Israel F-16 fighter jet on Friday.
09 January 2009 - Catholic agencies condemn human rights violations in Gaza and Israel
Catholic organizations have written to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to call for for an investigation into violations committed by both sides in the Gaza crisis.
05 January 2009 - Caritas President Cardinal Rodriguez: Gaza ceasefire vital to get help to injured
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga says civilians in Gaza face a humanitarian crisis if Israeli military action is not halted by the international community. He says there is an urgent need for aid agencies to reach the sick and wounded in Gaza, including women and children.
Ceasefire vital to get humanitarian relief into Gaza Caritas is calling for an immediate end both to Hamas rocket attacks into southern Israel and Israeli bombardments of Gaza to enable humanitarian relief supplies to get through. Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of 162 national Catholic charities, says the loss of innocent civilian lives has been deplorable.
Caritas calls for solidarity with Palestinian people Caritas Internationalis says the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 24 November should act as a moment for reflection on how to rekindle the peace process in the Holy Land.