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Caritas – ending poverty, promoting justice and restoring dignity

Our mission

Towards a civilization of love

Caritas Internationalis reflects the social mission and core values of the Catholic Church. We believe in dignity, solidarity and stewardship on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Giving to Caritas Internationalis allows us to strengthen the global confederation of over 160 national Catholic charities. We serve all poor people, of all faiths, all over the world.

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Caritas – North America

Caritas at work in your region.

Caritas North America consists of three organisations from the United States and Canada that provide some of the largest emergency response, development, advocacy and other programs to the united work of Caritas Internationalis.
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Caritas updates from around the world

  • Portraits from Aceh

Portraits from Aceh

  • 16 December 2014
“It would have taken longer to get back on our feet without Caritas. Things are good now. We have schools, hospitals and homes. The cooperative is going well and we have been able to improve the boats,” he said.
  • Tsunami 10 years: before and after in Aceh

Tsunami 10 years: before and after in Aceh

  • 16 December 2014
On 26 December 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that devastated India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Aceh. Over a quarter of a million people were killed and 1.5 million made homeless.

Our causes

Caritas Causes - Emergencies

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Caritas Causes - Migration

Caritas Causes - Development

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