Catholic Mission calls for prayers for Nepal after worst earthquake in 80 years

Catholic Mission has today issued an official call to prayer in the wake of a massive earthquake in Nepal that has claimed thousands of lives.

At least one Australian is among more than 5,000 people to have died after the 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday. Large aftershocks continued to cause further damage in the small Himalayan nation at the weekend.

Catholic Mission National Director Martin Teulan is calling on Australians to offer their prayerful support. ‘I ask all Australians to pray for the people of Nepal in coming days,’ he said. ‘This is the worst earthquake in the country in eight decades; thousands are dead, and tens of thousands are now homeless.’

As the official death toll from the earthquake continues to rise, Catholic Mission is accepting donations from any concerned supporters wanting to contribute to the relief efforts.

‘The scale of this tragedy is sure to escalate in coming days,’ said Mr Teulan. ‘As we learn more of the devastation throughout this week, I urge you to take the time to reflect and consider the plight of those in Nepal.’

For more information, please visit catholicmission.org.au or call toll free on 1800 257 296.