Canberra, Australia, Feb 1, 2020 / 02:12 pm (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Australia have announced the creation of a new disaster response initiative to aid those affected by devastating bushfires in the country, as well as future natural disasters.

“Our response to the bushfires, and the drought that has exacerbated the fires, has demonstrated once again the collective power of the Catholic Church to respond to disasters in all sorts of ways,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, in a Jan. 28 statement.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference, along with Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission, unveiled a new national initiative called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – to coordinate Catholic organizations’ relief efforts following natural disasters.

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