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Religious congregations acknowledge Canberra fires emergency workers


Religious congregations working in the Canberra-Goulburn area have pledged prayers and practical help to the people who have lost loved ones and homes in the devastating fires in the Australian Capital Territory.

A statement released yesterday by the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) supports an earlier statement by Archbishop Francis Carroll of Canberra-Goulburn.

"Religious women and men in ministries in Canberra carry the on-going welfare of the people in their hearts," said ACLRI President Sr Bernadette Keating PBVM (pictured). "We all stand in solidarity with the people of Canberra in their time of great need."

"We offer up our prayers to those individuals who have lost their loved ones, and to the scores of others who lost homes and possessions in the ferocity of the weekend firestorms. Our hearts go out to everyone made homeless and dispossessed by this disaster.

Sr Keating said the ACLRI wants to acknowledge the work of the Emergency Services in battling the inferno, even as some political pundits looked to proportion blame for the disaster.

"We commend the ACT's Emergency Services for the work they did in fighting what was, by any estimation, an unbeatable firefront," she said. "In spite of the losses, the cost in human lives in this disaster was kept to a minimum due in no small part to the professionalism and individual acts of bravery of emergency workers."

SOURCE
Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes

LINKS
Bishops visit Canberra evacuation centres (The Catholic Weekly)
Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes
Canberra Archbishop pledges prayers, assistance to fire victims (21/1/03)
Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn


22 Jan 2003