- Jan 28, 2020
Three Sydney priests have swapped clericals for camouflage to join the 3,000 Australian Defence Force reservists providing support to firefighters and communities in the grip of the bushfire crisis.
Representatives of the U.S. bishops expressed sorrow after three U.S. firefighters died in an air crash while fighting bushfires in Australia.
Saying that “there is no end in sight to the horror which confronts us,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said the bishops have implemented a national response to months of wildfires.
As casualties and damages in Australia mount as the country continues to burn, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said Catholic Church is among the front-runners in relief efforts.
As some of the worst wildfires in Australian history rage across four states, thousands of people in affected areas in New South Wales and Victoria continue to be evacuated to safety.
Chilean Church leaders called for Catholics to respond with prayer and solidarity to aid about 1,000 people who lost their homes in fires that swept through hillside neighborhoods around the southern port city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve and Christmas.