The international Catholic aid network Caritas says that around 400 people may have been killed in massacres carried out by rebels in Congo in late December, following a spate of violence in the country.
A Catholic aid agency has warned that the spiralling cost of food will exacerbate global malnutrition already affecting over 820 million people in developing countries. “Currently we have over 40 times the population of Australia who are malnourished”, said Caritas Australia.
As Gaza residents flood into Egypt seeking basic goods for survival, Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic aid network, is joining church, United Nations agencies and NGOs in calling for measures to end the escalating crisis in Gaza.
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking was arked in Palestine this week with a church-backed conference promoting the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle and exploring support for those affected by drugs.