Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
How Caritas Internationalis is structured: a description of its governing bodies and their functions. Caritas has 165 members. A member is a national charitable organisation or a collective group of them that works with the support of their respective Church. Or it can be an international charity recognised by the Vatican dedicated to human advancement and development.
Caritas Internationalis is divided into seven regions that work together, promoting cross-regional activities. They are Africa, Asia, Europa (Europe), Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa (MONA), North America, and Oceania.
Every four years, representatives from all our member organisations worldwide meet in the Vatican City to review work carried out and approve a strategic framework and a budget. The most recent gathering of the General Assembly was in May 2011. The General Assembly elects the Representative Council to serve four-year rotating terms to govern the confederation’s activities.
The General Assembly also elects a Caritas Internationalis President, Secretary General, Treasurer and ratifies two Vice Presidents elected by the Representative Council. The President, two Vice-Presidents are ex officio members of the Executive Board with overall responsibility for governance of the General Secretariat. The Executive Board is composed of seven members, three of which are appointed by the Holy See and one is elected by the Representative Council.
The President is the global representative of Caritas. The current incumbent is Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga . He was elected for a
second term as President at the 19th General Assembly in May
Our Secretary General
The Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Internationalis is Michel Roy. He was elected at the 19th General Assembly in May 2011 and will serve a four-year term.
The General Secretariat of the Caritas confederation is based in Vatican City. The secretariat covers emergency response, advocacy and communications, international liaison and capacity building.
Dr Juerg Krummenacher is the treasurer of Caritas Internationalis. He was elected in May 2011 following a period as interim treasurer which began the previous year.
Caritas has offices at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva, as well as headquarters in Vatican City. Key Documents: