The Church Responds to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

Photo by Putu Sayoga/Redux for CRS

Catholic Relief Services is responding to an earthquake that struck Friday night just off the coast of Donggala in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered an unexpected tsunami, which hit the city of Palu, killing at least 1,400 people and destroying buildings and homes. Donate now to support CRS' response. ​

CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. We work in more than 100 countries and have many years of experience responding to disasters in Indonesia.

Visit CRS Press Room for the latest updates. For prayers, ways to give, and additional resources communities can use to respond, see below. 


As Catholics, we recognize that prayer binds us in solidarity to our neighbors in distress, and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God. In times like these, we encourage responses that begin with prayer.



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