The Caritas team has touched down in Madrid, Spain, to take part in World Youth Day celebrations.
We´ve arrived to hot and sunny Madrid after a long journey from Sydney. We were ecstatic to be out of the Aussie winter, but we were in for a shock with temperatures of 38 degrees!
This morning we attended the Australian gathering at Palacio de Desportes with 4000 fellow Aussie pilgrims. The energy was high-spirited as people were singing and dancing outside the auditorium.
Once inside, it was great to be part of this massive Australian community. It was amazing to see everyone bond over Aussie pride, and also connect though our celebration of faith.
The first speaker, Cheryl Fernandes reminisced about Sydney WYD 2008 and her recent pilgrimage from Israel. For us, her powerful speech inspired us to take our experiences here in Madrid and continue to act justly, love tenderly and walk […]
Torrential rain along Australia’s east coast has caused widespread flooding in southern and central areas of Queensland affecting more than 200,000 people.
Vast areas of Southern and Central Queensland were affected by the flood. An area the size of Germany and France combined.
The capital city of the state of Queensland, Brisbane, is now directly under threat of flooding as the Brisbane River has broken its banks amid dire predictions of the biggest floods to hit Queensland’s capital since 1974.
More rain is forecast with the river expected to reach major flood levels, and predictions of this crisis spreading into New South Wales.
The Catholic response within the Diocese of Rockhampton has been significant.
Most services, through Catholic providers of aged and community health, have kept operating thanks to good preparation, informed by previous flooding experience.
Each Catholic facility has sufficient food and linen to last up to two weeks, at which point waters are […]
World hunger reached an historic high in 2009 with over a billion people going without enough food every day. Malnutrition increased by 13 percent in Asia, 8 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 6 percent in Africa.
Caritas Australia launched a report ‘Food: The Fundamental Right’ in which they called for food to be recognised as a right through national and international policies. Caritas members went to a UN food summit in Rome in November calling for radical changes in the way resources are managed.
Michael O’Brien fromTrócaire (Caritas Ireland) said during the meeting, “The liberalisation agenda promoted over the last decades by theWorld Bank and others has categorically failed. There is a real need to strengthen small farmers’ involvement in policy making and implementation.”
Caritas also lobbied the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Social Council Emergency Session on the Food Crisis, highlighting agriculture, farmers, nutrition and the role of […]