Encounter Emergencies

Prayer

As Catholics, we recognize that prayer guides our actions, it binds us in solidarity to one another, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God.

"Peace to the whole world ... Peace to this our Earth! May the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of creation." Pope Francis, URBI ET ORBI, Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013

$2.5 trillion has been spent on natural disasters in the 21st century, at least 50% higher than previous estimates. (UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015)

As of the end of 2014, 38 million people around the world had been forced to flee their homes by conflict and violence. Never in the last 10 years, have the world seen such a high estimate for the number of people newly displaced in a year. (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre)

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