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ACBC President Appeals for Support for Victims

February 11, 2009 10:24 am

Archbishop Philip Wilson offers prayers and support for all affected by fires and floods Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Philip Wilson today said his thoughts and prayers are with all of the people so badly affected by Victoria’s devastating bushfires. Archbishop Wilson said the Catholic Church would do all it could, both spiritually and practically, to stand in solidarity with those affected. “I know that Catholic parishes across Australia have been praying for the people who died in the bushfires, as well as for those experiencing the grief of losing loved ones, family homes and cherished pets and belongings,” he said. “In addition, Catholic relief agencies, such as St Vincent de Paul and Centacare are already at work providing much needed assistance to people on the ground in these communities. This support will continue over the coming months and years, as we walk with these families and communities in their time of need. “At this time, we also remember the communities affected by severe flooding in North Queensland, where people have died and many homes, roads and other infrastructure have been damaged.” Archbishop Wilson urged people to give generously to emergency appeals being established to assist those affected by these tragedies. “My prayers and thoughts are with all who are suffering so grievously,” he said. “I also extend heartfelt gratitude to all those volunteers and professionals who have fought these fires and floods so selflessly and tirelessly during these emergencies.”