10 February 2005


This week marks the beginning of Lent, a time when Christians are traditionally encouraged to reflect on their lives and open their hearts more fully to the call of the gospel. As a practical expression of that change of heart they are also invited to support Project Compassion the annual appeal conducted by Caritas the Catholic Agency for Overseas Aid and Development.

In 2005, the theme for Project Compassion is "The Challenge is Poverty, the Time is Now!"

The funds raised during Project Compassion 2005 will contribute towards the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals thereby benefiting those families and individuals who are the poorest and most marginalised in the world through the support of a total of 83 ongoing projects around the world.

The Project Compassion campaign also provides funds that enables Caritas to respond immediately to any emergency. In the days that followed the Tsunami Caritas Australia was able to pledge $500,000 of immediate support from funds raised through Project Compassion.

Details of the work of Caritas can be found at the website above.

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