human development, social justice and sustainable social systems
Church to send aid
as strong quake hits central Italy
A strong earthquake struck central Italy early on 24 August, causing severe destruction to buildings and the loss of life. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck around the Rieti region.
The worst hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli, with the epicentre in Norcia.
The situation is terrible. As dawn broke, I could see the area had been destroyed. We are already working with Caritas to get the right aid to the people,
Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of Ascoli Piceno, arrived a few minutes after the first quake in the town of Pescara del Tronto
I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted. I want to assure all the people of Accumuli, Amatrice, the Diocese of Rieti, Ascoli Piceno, and all the people of Lazio, Umbria, and Le Marche, of the prayers and close solidarity of the entire Church.
Pope Francis, addressing pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in Rome hours after the quake
The Italian Catholic Church has immediately made available €1 million in response to the earthquake and is launching a nationwide parish appeal to support Caritas Italy relief efforts.
We are gathered in prayer with those caught in this tragic event.
The Italian bishops – in a statement, inviting all to help alleviate the difficult conditions people in the affected areas will face in the coming days, weeks and months
Caritas volunteers in Rieti have already started to deliver food and basic necessities and Caritas is organising further support, while the Italian Civil Protection are looking for survivors under the rubble.
In 2015, Caritas Rieti helped train migrants and refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Senegal, Somalia, Rwanda, Mali and Ghana to work with the Italian Civil Protection in emergency response.
Caritas and parish volunteers, priests and bishops are concretely helping with the delivery of aid. We’re in constant communication with them to organise relief efforts on the ground.
Paolo Beccegato, Caritas Italy
Everyone who is willing to help Caritas Italy’s work for the people in need can use the following account details:
Donations can be sent to:
Caritas Italiana, Via Aurelia 796 – 00165, Roma Current account number: 347013
Or by bank transfer to:
Banca Popolare Etica, Via Parigi 17, Roma IBAN: IT 29 U 05018 03200 000000011113
Please specify “Colletta terremoto centro Italia”