Advent message of hope for Central African Republic

By |18 December 2013|

Central African Republic is marking first anniversary of rebeelion that has plunged the country into chaos. Despite the anarchy, the Bishop of Bossangoa is looking to Advent for hope.
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    Food and shelter distributions going well in typhoon-hit Philippines

Food and shelter distributions going well in typhoon-hit Philippines

By |17 December 2013|

In total, Caritas Switzerland is supporting 9,000 families on Bantayan and neighbouring islands – some of them only reachable by small fishing boats.

Clean water for Philippines typhoon survivors

By |17 December 2013|

Caritas member Catholic Relief Services is providing clean water and sanitation for more than 100,000 people around Palo.

Philippines one month after: A personal reflection

By |16 December 2013|

In Palo, the diocesan driver told us how he huddled together with his family at the height of the storm as their roof was blown away and watched in fear as three big waves came in succession towards their village

Aid desperately needed in Central African Republic

By |12 December 2013|

Cheers rang out from the 40,000 people trapped in the Catholic Mission in Bossangoa as peacekeeping troops arrived. “It came as a huge relief,” said Fr. Alain Eouanzoui, the Vicar General of Bossangoa, “We believe the nightmare might soon be over.”
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    Aid efforts in full swing one month after Philippines typhoon

Aid efforts in full swing one month after Philippines typhoon

By |12 December 2013|

One month since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Caritas organisations have been providing aid to affected communities.
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    Central African Republic: “We’re at the mercy of God, please pray for us.”

Central African Republic: “We’re at the mercy of God, please pray for us.”

By |6 December 2013|

Caritas staff in the Central African Republic are reporting the capital Bangui and many parts of the country are gripped by chaos and terror as fighting continues between forces loyal to the ex-president and the fighters who overthrew him.
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    Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

Central African Republic Church leaders call for immediate ceasefire

By |5 December 2013|

Caritas and the Catholic Church in Central African Republic are calling for an immediate ceasefire as heavy fighting breaks out in the capital Bangui between forces loyal to the former president and the fighters who overthrew his regime.

Hope still standing in the Philippines

By |4 December 2013|

Challenges abound: blocked and damaged roads; the airport in Tacloban has been reduced to a shell but crammed full of local flights airlines and the heavy-lift C130 defence aircraft from around the world.

Central African Republic: a photographers view

By |26 November 2013|

Even from the air, the situation looks scary. The plane circles the deserted town, not a soul in sight. As the descent begins, hundreds of white and blue spots can be made out; they're the canvases of the makeshift tents of the displaced.
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    Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

Hunger on the horizon as farmers in Central African Republic too scared to plant crops

By |26 November 2013|

“I was lucky,” said Thierry Diacro Lzila, a farmer in Ndangala, a village 40 km outside of the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. “I was in the church when the fighters arrived to search our homes. I was able to hide my tools.”

Reaching remote areas of Philippines hit by typhoon

By |26 November 2013|

“I didn't want to leave my parishioners. But when the roof of my house was blown away and the wind shattered the windows, I had to get away,” said Fr Jose Taz Lasola from the Padre Pio mission in Roxas, on the island of Panay, one of the areas most seriously affected by the violent Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga (R), addresses the president of Muslim Community, Imam Omar Kobine Layama (L) and Protestant Reverend Nicolas Gueret Koyama (C) on November 8, 2013 in Bangui. Credit: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas
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    Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

Peace in Central African Republic: an archbishop, an imam and a pastor join forces

By |26 November 2013|

Religious leaders have come together to try to bring peace in the Central African Republic. They face enormous challenges but have faith they can succeed.

Deadly silence over Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

I would like to ask the same question to world leaders: How many ears must you have before you can hear our cry?

Don’t abandon Central African Republic

By |26 November 2013|

Caritas has been able to provide some help in the form of blankets, mats and tools and distribute UN food aid. But the insecurity means it’s difficult to get aid through.

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