Catholic Mission accepting donations for Pakistan earthquake victims

Catholic Mission is now accepting donations from the public to help victims of this month's earthquake in Pakistan, which has claimed the lives of over 40,000 people and left millions homeless.

CLICK HERECatholic Mission (through Rome) has given a gift of $A133,049 to the Pakistani National Director of Pontifical Missionary Societies (Catholic Mission) Fr Mario Rodrigues, to help with disaster relief.

Fr Rodrigues has visited the affected areas to review the situation and organise relief efforts.

"There are hundreds of villages and small towns in the vast mountainous area that have been affected by the earthquake," said Fr Rodrigues.

"Although the roads to the main towns have been cleared, the remote villages can only be reached by helicopter," he said. "Every five or ten minutes a helicopter is arriving in Islamabad with injured people. The hospitals in the city are full. This morning I visited two of the largest hospitals, the sight was awful."

Fr Rodrigues is concerned about the millions of homeless people in the area and their long-term future.

"As the winter season begins to set in in the mountains, the immediate need is for tents, blankets and warm clothing," said Fr Rodrigues.

Pakistan's Catholic population is less than 1%, and there were very few Catholics in the earthquake zone.

"Fortunately only a very few Christians have been affected (five were killed in an apartment block collapse in Islamabad)," said Fr Rodrigues. "We are joining our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the country to reach out to those in distress and need. We have to reach out in love and solidarity and give witness that ours is a God of love who cares for us in spite of all the tragedies and crosses we experience in our lives."

Catholic Mission has an ongoing commitment to Pakistan through their work in Partnering Local Churches and Communities, Fostering Local Church Leadership and their work for Children, with over $1 million committed each year.

To help the victims of the Pakistan earthquake and help create Life for All, phone Catholic Mission on freecall 1800 257 296.

Catholic Mission accepting donations for Pakistan earthquake victims (Catholic Mission 18/10/05)

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Pakistani bishop challenges Christians to give a day's wages to quake relief (CathNews 12/10/05)
Caritas launches South Asia Earthquake Appeal (CathNews 11/10/05)
Pope's call for "swift and generous" aid for quake victims (CathNews 10/11/05)

CAFOD distributes urgently-needed tents in Pakistan (Independent Catholic News 18/10/05)
Caritas Pakistan Distributes Urgently Needed Tents (Reuters 17/10/05)
Caritas Pakistan Strengthens its Relief Efforts (Caritas Internationalis 17/10/05)
Caritas Pakistan Distributes Urgently Needed Tents (Caritas Internationalis 17/10/05)
Prayers held in Sydney for quake victims (ABC News 16/10/05)
Aid slow to reach Kashmir frontline, says Indian Caritas (AsiaNews.it 15/10/05)
Lahore Catholic schools collect water for quake survivors (AsiaNews.it 15/10/05)
Cry for quake relief (Catholic Leader 16/10/05)
Church Is Expediting Relief To Quake Victims: Bishop Celestine Of Jammu-Srinagar (Catholic Bishops Conference of India 15/10/05)
Fragmented lives in a divided land (The Tablet 15/10/05)
When mother natures brings people closer together (AsiaNews.it 13/10/05)
Caritas India Brings Relief To Quake Victims Despite Bad Weather (Catholic Bishops Conference of India 13/10/05)
Indians pray, cry for Pakistan quake victims (Leading the Charge 13/10/05)
Quake Survivors' Desperate Plight (Vatican Radio English Features 13/10/05, audio - requires Real Player)
Caritas Mobilizing in Wake of Asian Quake (Zenit 12/10/05)
A Day's Wages Are Asked in Sacrifice for Victims (Zenit 12/10/05)

19 Oct 2005