Australian Catholics seek prayers as fires rage in four states

As some of the worst wildfires in Australian history rage across four states, thousands of people in affected areas in New South Wales and Victoria continue to be evacuated to safety. Soaring temperatures, often higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and a protracted drought have contributed to an unprecedented national emergency which, by Christmas, had already seen more than 14.5 million acres of forest and rural land burned. Amid conditions regularly described as catastrophic, fires have continued to rage in hundreds of locations in Western Australia, New South…

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