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Caritas seeks urgent funds for Iran


Caritas Australia has launched an urgent appeal for funds for the victims of the earthquake in Iran. If you can help you can donate on-line at http://www.caritas.org.au/ or by phoning 1800 024 413.

The National Director of Caritas Australia, Mr Jack de Groot, said that the agency had already committed $40,000 to fund the relief efforts in Iran but additional funds are still urgently needed. A number of political leaders are now describing the catastrophe caused by the earthquake in the city of Bam on Boxing Day one of the greatest human disasters of recent times.

The Chairman of Caritas Iran, Monsignor Ramzi Garmou, says, "The need of the people of Bam is very great. The earthquake was very violent, many people have died and the victims are very weak. Since the whole city was destroyed many are without homes."

Catholic News Service reports: "Pope John Paul II prayed for victims of a deadly earthquake in southeastern Iran and urged Catholic agencies to join in the humanitarian relief effort. Authorities said that at least 20,000 people were confirmed dead and thousands more injured in the quake, which struck an area around the ancient city of Bam on Dec. 26, burying many people in their mud-brick homes. The pope sent his own contribution to the relief operations through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," the Vatican's umbrella charity organization. The Vatican did not specify the amount of the papal donation. Speaking at a noon blessing on Dec. 28, the pope asked for prayers for all the inhabitants of the area. "We entrust to the merciful God the thousands of people who have lost their lives, as well as the wounded and the homeless survivors in need of help," he said.



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Caritas Australia

CNS: Pope prays for Iranian quake victims, asks Catholic agencies to help"




2 Jan 2004