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Asia Natural disasters

Pope thanked for ‘closeness and solidarity’ after deadly Taiwan quake 

After a massive earthquake shook Taiwan last week, leaving at least 10 people dead, the island’s ambassador to the Holy See, Matthew Lee, thanked the world for its solidarity, and Pope Francis specifically for his spiritual closeness. Source: Crux.

Charity Natural disasters

Queensland Government kickstarts flood appeal with $1.5m donation

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland is one of five charities to receive funds from the Miles Government to help the state’s flood victims in the wake of Cyclone Jasper. Source: Sky News Australia. 

In The Dioceses Natural disasters

Stranded priest hitches ride on cargo ship

A Cairns priest stuck on the western side of Cape York due to floodwaters closing Cairns airport has boarded a cargo ship in the hope of making it home to his parish for Christmas. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Appeal Natural disasters

Caritas Australia launches Afghanistan earthquake appeal

Caritas Australia has launched an appeal for Afghanistan following two earthquakes that struck the country last week, killing more than 2000 people, injuring thousands and leaving many more displaced.

Middle East Natural disasters

Taliban confirms death toll in Afghanistan earthquake nearing 3000

The death toll in one of the deadliest earthquakes to strike Afghanistan in two decades is approaching 3000, Taliban officials confirmed. Source: NCR Online. 

Charity Natural disasters North Africa

Pope appeals to international community to help Libya

Caritas agencies are responding to flooding in Libya where at least 5300 lives have been lost and more than 10,000 people are missing, as Pope Francis appealed for the international community to come to the aid of the hard-hit nation.

Charity Natural disasters

Caritas responds to devastating earthquake in Morocco

Caritas agencies are responding to the earthquake in Morocco, where more than 2600 lives have been lost and thousands have been injured. 

Natural disasters North Africa

Pope renews prayers for victims of deadly earthquake in Morocco 

For the second day in a row, Pope Francis has expressed his condolences for the thousands of people who have died or were affected by the devastating earthquake that struck central Morocco on Friday. Source: Vatican News.

Education Natural disasters

Three flood-affected Lismore Catholic schools to relocate

Lismore’s largest school will be one of three relocated after a long-awaited review of the viability of Catholic schools in flood-affected areas. Source: ABC News.