As we reflect on our Lenten journey and how we can live the Gospel, we recognise that we are compelled to heed the cry of the poor and vulnerable.
We thank you for the generous donations we continue to receive during this holy season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Particularly as our brothers and sisters in Fiji struggle to recover from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston.
Your donations enable us to reach out and provide support to those in need “so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship and our fraternity”.
We will be working alongside our Fijian partners, so that communities there can rebuild and flourish again.
Help us to continue answering the cry of the earth and the poor by giving to the Bishops' Lent Appeal.
Whole villages have been destroyed, thousands of people are sheltering in evacuation centres and a state of emergency has been declared in Fiji following Cyclone Winston – a Category 5 storm reported as the strongest to ever hit the Southern Hemisphere.
We are in close contact with our partners the Archdiocese in Suva, who are able to reach communities across the entire country through their networks, and we are working to respond to immediate needs.
On February 15, Caritas Director Julianne Hickey and Advocacy & Research Manager, Lisa Beech spoke at an Alternative Select Committee process at Parliament in support of increasing the number of refugees New Zealand welcomes each year.
Mrs Hickey said we must increase the quota due to the humanitarian crises in the Middle East and elsewhere.