Natural disasters

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) issued warnings on Nov. 14, 2023, of a potential humanitarian crisis in Ghana after a “devastating” flood in the southeastern part of the country.  | Credit: IAWGE (Inter-Agency Working Group on Emergency)

Devastating Ghana Floods: Catholic Relief Services Warns of Disease, "long-term" Hunger

Nov 15, 2023

A CRS representative in Ghana said 200,000 hectares remain covered by water in the southeastern part of the country, impacting the livelihood of thousands.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sept. 13, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Morocco’s Deadly Earthquake: Pope Francis Offers Country “prayerful communion”

Sep 9, 2023

Pope Francis has offered Morocco “prayerful communion” following the Friday, September 8 deadly earthquake that, according to media reports, has left at least 1,300 people dead, and caused widespread damage in and around the Northern African nation’s city of Marrakesh.

Pope Francis prays at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on Feb. 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Prays for Cyclone Victims in Madagascar

Feb 19, 2022

The pope sent a telegram to Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina on Feb. 19 as the island in the Indian Ocean braces for another potential storm heading its way.

Some Participants at the ongoing six-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, involving the coordinators of Caritas Southern Africa.

Caritas Southern Africa Coordinators Deliberate on Funds, “dealing with natural disasters”

Feb 21, 2020

The challenge of natural disasters in the Ecclesiastical territories within Southern Africa and how to deal with them and having financial resources are among the deliberations of the ongoing six-day workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, involving the coordinators of Caritas Southern Africa, with participants having come from Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, as well as Namibia.

Australian Bushfires

As Fires Continue to Burn, Australian Bishop Calls for Prayer, Support

Jan 7, 2020

As fires throughout parts of Australia continue to worsen, the Archbishop of Melbourne called for prayers and encouraged Catholics to donate to those in need.

Women in Angola. Africa. Credit: Adriana Mahdalova / Shutterstock.

As Angola Drought Continues, Catholic Church Calls for Emergency Declaration

Oct 16, 2019

As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a state of emergency, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.