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Caritas worker killed in Gaza church blast


The global community of the Catholic Church's aid and development agency is in mourning after the devastating loss of a Caritas Jerusalem employee in Gaza.

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On October 20 at least 17 people tragically lost their lives while sheltering in the St Porphyrios Church Hall in Gaza, with dozens more sustaining injuries. These numbers were expected to climb as others were still under the rubble.

The Orthodox Church compound was sheltering around 500 people, with around 80 in the Church Hall when it was hit. Among those in the hall were five dedicated members of Caritas Jerusalem’s staff, along with their families.

Caritas Australia reported “with great sorrow” the loss of a 26-year-old Caritas Jerusalem lab technician who lost her life alongside her toddler and husband, with her sister and her two children also among the casualties.

“Today, with heavy hearts, we pray for those who lost their lives in this attack, all those who have lost their lives in this conflict, and all continuing to live through these unimaginable days in Gaza,” said Kirsty Robertson, CEO of Caritas Australia.

“We pray for our Caritas Jerusalem brothers and sisters, that they may find the strength to deal with the harrowing challenges they face.

“I draw from the words of Pope Francis: ‘Let the weapons be silenced; let the cry for peace be heard from the poor, from the people, from the children’.

“We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and pray for the safety and protection of all civilians. We pray for peace.”

To support Caritas Australia’s Gaza Appeal, visit their website or call 1800 024 413 toll free.

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