November 29, 2013

Caritas to launch global wave of prayer to end hunger

By |29 November 2013|

The Caritas confederation will launch a global “wave of prayer” to promote an end to world hunger on 10th December. It marks the beginning of the Caritas anti-hunger campaign, One Human Family, Food For All. The wave starts on the island of Samoa and will sweep across the globe involving Caritas organisations and many other people on all continents.

June 20, 2013

World Refugee Day: In their faces is the face of Christ

By |20 June 2013|

Pope Francis called attention to refugee families "often forced to flee their homes and countries in a hurry and losing all their belongings and their security to escape violence, persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion, ethnic identity or political ideas."

March 7, 2013

International Women’s Day: Tapa in Tonga

By |7 March 2013|

Groups involved in the three-year Caritas programme will reach 425 households in 21 villages across Tongatapu and Vava’u to the north.

January 25, 2013

Curse or blessing of natural resources in Papua New Guinea

By |25 January 2013|

Many in Hela believe they will see their traditional way of life gone forever but will not receive their fair share of the profits. Suspicion that others are getting a better deal is rife. People fear corruption or favouritism. Tension is high, optimism low.

December 17, 2012

Youth make big climate splash in Oceania

By |17 December 2012|

While the Doha climate talks were wrapping up, over 700 young people from throughout the Pacific came to this event in Auckland, to learn, be inspired, have fun and take action. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand sponsored 12 from New Zealand and two from Vanuatu to attend.
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    Caritas prepares for emergency response as Samoa hit by Cyclone Evan

Caritas prepares for emergency response as Samoa hit by Cyclone Evan

By |14 December 2012|

By Angela Ford Caritas emergency response teams in the Pacific are preparing for emergency relief as one of the most powerful cyclones to hit Samoa in 20 years devastates Apia. Cyclone Evan made landfall on Thursday 13 December, with winds up to 160 km per hour. At least two people have died, and many are missing. Samoa has declared a state of disaster with widespread structural damage to outlying buildings, homes and critical infrastructure. Locals have been left without power and food shortages are possible. Caritas Samoa report that flooding in Apia is widespread, powerlines and trees are down and many homes are destroyed. Flooding is the major cause for concern in the short-term, with water levels up to 8ft in areas. Mr Puletini Tuala Caritas Samoa Director reports, “the most urgent need at this stage is for water and tinned food. We are planning for an initial assessment of damage in coastal areas [...]

November 30, 2012

World AIDS Day in Papua New Guinea

By |30 November 2012|

The Catholic Church’s work on HIV and AIDS in Mendi stretches back to 1995. Then the work revolved around explaining the virus, how it is transmitted and challenging the stigma attached to those people living with HIV.
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    Paradise lost: rising seas threaten Pacific’s Carteret Islands

Paradise lost: rising seas threaten Pacific’s Carteret Islands

By |22 November 2012|

“I hope I die before these islands are covered by the sea.” Eighty-year-old John Sailik was born on the Carteret Islands, a ring of six atolls 50 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

October 7, 2011

Oceania feeling the brunt of climate change

By |7 October 2011|

by Martin de Jong, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Against a backdrop of severe drought across the central Pacific, Caritas Oceania representatives from eight different nations gathered in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand earlier this month for their annual forum. About 25 people attended the week-long event, including representatives from Caritas Internationalis, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – Asia. Many of the states represented, such as Tonga and Kiribati, are among the most vulnerable to climate change due to their low-lying nature or vulnerable shorelines. A closing statement from the forum said its members stand ‘in solidarity with the poor and marginalized of the region. We are particularly concerned by the impact of climate change in our area.’

August 17, 2011

Caritas Australia team in Madrid for World Youth Day

By |17 August 2011|

We feel privileged to be here in Spain, being witnesses of hope and joy through our faith. It is wonderful to meet so many people from around the world and to be part of the vibrant celebrations that bring us together.

February 22, 2011

Earthquake in New Zealand

By |22 February 2011|

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake, depth 5km, occurred 10 km south-east of Christchurch last night in New Zealand. Current reports are that large parts of the city have been damaged and there are a number of casualties. A state of emergency has been declared in the city. Caritas New Zealand said this morning, “We are attempting to obtain as accurate a picture as possible in terms of damage to property and lives, which we believe is considerably more than as a result of the last quake in Sep 2010." Caritas New Zealand does not usually respond to domestic emergencies, but works alongside Catholic Social Services and St. Vincent de Paul to channel funding for their work of trauma counselling and relief supplies respectively. Caritas is as yet unable to say what response will be. Meanwhile Caritas requests your prayers and solidarity for the victims of this event.

January 11, 2011

Australia battles floods

By |11 January 2011|

Torrential rain along Australia’s east coast has caused widespread flooding in southern and central areas of Queensland affecting more than 200,000 people.

December 2, 2010

  • Bishop Michael Bunlen Mansap served as Vice President of Caritas Internationalis for the Asia and Oceania Regions from 1979 to 1984.

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    Colleagues mourn Bishop Mansap, former Caritas President for Asia and Oceania

Colleagues mourn Bishop Mansap, former Caritas President for Asia and Oceania

By |2 December 2010|

Caritas staff have sent their condolences to the family and colleagues of Bishop Michael Bunlen Mansap, who died in Bangkok 2 December. Bishop Mansap served as Vice President of Caritas Internationalis for the Asia and Oceania Regions from 1979 to 1984. He had previously served as Regional Coordinator for Caritas in Asia and Oceania from 1974 to 1976. He was the founder of the Catholic Council of Thailand for Development (CCTD), a member of the Caritas confederation until Caritas Thailand replaced it recently. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga and Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight conveyed their prayers to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand. In a message to the bishops, they commended Bishop Mansap’s faithful service and prophetic proclamation of God’s Word: “He is remembered for his commitment to the Church’s social teachings, social development, justice and peace as well as empowerment of the poor for their total human development.” Bishop [...]

June 30, 2010

Empowering Oceania

By |30 June 2010|

By Tim Walsh, Caritas Oceania A workshop organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) was held during the first week of June in Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands. The aim was to improve the coordination of both the emergency and the gradual response to weather events as part of an ongoing effort to manage the effects of climate change. The majority of workshop participants were islanders from Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro, and included representatives from Caritas Oceania, New Zealand Aid, Red Cross Fiji, the Commission for Justice, Peace and Development, and government officials. There was also a presence from UN agencies and the national office for disaster management (Emergency Management Cook Islands). Participants from the Cook Islands agreed from the onset that, while it is important to present their evolving predicament to the wider international community, the process needs to be implemented [...]

Sinking Christmas

By |26 June 2010|

Sea levels in Kiribati have averaged a rise of 3.7 millimetres a year since 1992 (Australian National Tidal centre). With sea levels rising and most of Kiribati only two meters high, the end is in sight for the 98,000 residents.

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