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Catholic Mission Australia to visit Sri Lanka

A team of two staff and one professional photographer will fly to Sri Lanka today to gather information about the effect of the tsunami on sponsored projects for Catholic Mission in Australia.

Danielle Achikian, Manuela Macri and Ros Cannon will meet the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies Sri Lanka, Father Anthony Martyn, in Colombo. From there the team will travel around the country visiting Catholic Mission projects.

Fr Martyn has already travelled extensively in the north where, he reported, countless churches and many other structures had been destroyed. He plans to take the Catholic Mission team to the south of the country.

One project the team will attempt to visit is St Francis Xavier's Seminary at Kalegana, Galle, which was supported directly by funds sent from Australia last year. Seminarians come here from all over Sri Lanka. Many come from poor, farming families and the seminary helps not only to educate them but also to house, clothe and shelter them and look after their healthcare.

The Galle diocese was badly affected by the tsunami as were the dioceses of Colombo, Jaffna and Trincomalee. Catholic Mission has projects in each of these areas, particularly Colombo, where it sponsors various crèches, orphanages and homes for underprivileged and disabled children.

Danielle and Manuela will meet with the local people and community leaders and gather information while Ros will extensively photograph the places and people.

The text and images will be used to inform Catholic Mission donors and the general public about the state of projects and to help direct future funding for rebuilding work.

Last month Catholic Mission established a special Tsunami Solidarity Appeal for long-term rebuilding in tsunami-affected areas. For more information about the Appeal go to or phone Freecall: 1800 257 296.

Catholic Mission Australia to visit Sri Lanka (Catholic Mission 4/2/05)

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7 Feb 2005