• August 29, 2013

    The use of chemical weapons in Syria is a stark reminder of the appalling impact that the war is having on millions, says Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

  • April 23, 2013

    UK agencies are calling on the UK government to raise the issue of conflict-related sexual violence at a United Nations review in Geneva today (23 April)

  • March 3, 2013

    When the One Billion Rising campaign ( went global on 14 February 2013, I was travelling. I therefore didn't have time to contribute directly to the commentary arising from this important event. But the agency I work for was definitely involved, I'm glad to say.

  • March 3, 2013

    Violence against women is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights around the world, says Tanja Haque, CAFOD’s Gender Advisor. Women and girls in every culture and society are affected by violence and the facts are appalling: acts of violence against women and girls cause more deaths than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. The struggle against gender-based violence goes on across the world, and the Church can and must play its role in this.

  • February 10, 2013

    An 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific has triggered a localised tsunami and killed a number of people.

  • January 14, 2013

    Three years on from the Haiti earthquake the housing situation in the country is nothing short of catastrophic, say aid and human rights organisations.

  • January 11, 2013

    This week marks the third anniversary of the appalling earthquake in Haiti. I have written about this for the Catholic Herald and Ekklesia (, and have witnessed myself the struggle to rebuild and recover.

  • January 11, 2013

    It is three years since the devastating Haiti earthquake. Pascale Palmer from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development looks at the task of rebuilding supported by CAFOD and others, and the immense challenges faced by the people of the country. She also draws attention to a campaign for changes in the global food system that could help prevent food insecurity in countries like Haiti.

  • December 4, 2012

    A major typhoon hit Mindanao Island in the Philippines last night, and emergency teams went into action, reports Catholic aid agency CAFOD.

  • November 25, 2012

    African Catholic Church leaders who met in Kinshasa recently say escalating violence in the east of DR Congo is causing a major humanitarian tragedy.