Fifty years of putting compassion into action

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness raising campaign. Bishop Bill Wright will launch this year’s campaign today in Newcastle, writes Nicole Clements.

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Each year Project Compassion, which runs during the six weeks of Lent, brings together thousands of supporters across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

The members of the Diocesan Caritas Australia Team, Louise Roach, Teresa Brierley and Patricia Banister, have all expressed their gratitude to the parish and school communities for their generous contributions to the work of Caritas Australia through Project Compassion, emergency appeals and regular contributions. Project Compassion last year raised a record $11.57 million, including $258,000 from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Money raised goes towards Caritas Australia’s humanitarian and long-term development programs in more than 40 countries across Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and with First Australian communities.

Bishop Bill Wright will officially launch Project Compassion at a liturgy at 10.30am today at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. There will be representatives from the Catholic schools across the diocese as well as parishioners joining in this special Jubilee celebration. All are welcome!

“Lent is the time of year when we put our faith into action through prayer, fasting and alms-giving,” explains Patricia, a member of the Caritas Team. “The changes I’ve seen in communities with whom we work in partnership through the generosity of supporters have also shaped and inspired me.

“Project Compassion has transformed millions of lives and every year since 1965 we have demonstrated our faith, our compassion and our generosity towards the most vulnerable members of our global family.

“This year I encourage you to be a part of Project Compassion, as every individual, school, parish or community makes an enormous difference.”

Pope Francis has said, “Education is an act of hope.” The theme for this year’s Project Compassion, “Learning more, creating change,” celebrates the power of learning, and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to those most marginalised.

FULL STORY 50 Years of Putting Compassion into Action (Diocese of Maitland)

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