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Demand for FAME increases

A unique approach to educating young South Australians who have become disengaged with mainstream schooling is being expanded by Catholic entity Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).

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Ayesha Khafun , 23, with her family inside their shelter serving a meal of lentils she has just cooked at the Community Kitchen next door in Jamtoli Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The Community Kitchens offer safe, clean cooking spaces with gas fuel and spices supplied for 25 women. The kitchens reduce the risks faced by women when collecting firewood in remote areas and reduces environmental degradation caused by deforestation. Without them, families have to cook in their tents creating smoke and fire hazards. They also function as a place for women to meet and share their stories which helps with their psychosocial well-being. Ayesha fled Burma with her husband, Naser (26) and her two daughters aged 5 and 2. She gave birth to her son 16 days before leaving Burma and he died soon after arriving in Bangladesh due to the harsh cold and wet conditions. They had to flee at night in wet weather and pay the boatman with their remaining marital gold. The water levels were low so they had to jump into the water and cross the mud flats with the children. There wasn't any food or water when they arrived. CAID has provided her family with a tent, dignity kits, clothes and hygiene kits. She is one of the women selected to use the Community Kitchen and her family has accesssed health care through partner Dhaka Ahsania Mission DAM. Act for Peace partner Christian Aid have been working in Jamtoli camp providing life-saving assistance including access to clean water, shelter and medical care. The camp is home to over 50,000 Rohingya refugees. More than 646,000 Rohingya refugees crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, following the Myanmar armies crackdown in August 2017 on Rohingya rebels in the state of Rakhine. The Rohingya have been widely abused and exploited for decades. With no official home or citizenship, their movement and access to medical care, education and other basic services had been severely restricted. Richard Wa

Australian churches unite to help millions fleeing

More than 1000 churches spanning 15 denominations across Australia have come together to stand-up to injustice and respond to the urgent needs of men, women and children who are fleeing conflict and disaster worldwide in an initiative that runs to December 28.


CRA urges Government to retain Medevac Bill

Seven leaders from the Catholic community in Australia formed a delegation with the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) to travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG) recently, to see firsthand the situation of people seeking asylum/refugee status and understand their experience, so that when they returned to Australia, they could advocate for them further.


Spotlight on Plenary 2020

The Plenary Council, which kicks off in Adelaide next year, is a “remarkable event” which has significance for the whole Church, not just Catholics in Australia, says Archbishop Mark Coleridge.


Church marks National Apology anniversary

The Catholic Church in Australia has made significant progress in responding to the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said today on the anniversary of the National Apology to survivors and victims.