About Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, s.d.b.
Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, s.d.b. became the 11th President of Caritas Internationalis during the 2007 General Assembly. He is a staunch defender of human rights and a powerful voice in the global fight against poverty. He was the Vatican's spokesperson with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on the issue of Third World debt. He continues to challenge leaders of the world’s richest nations to keep their promises to increase and improve development aid to the world’s poorest countries.
Caritas Internationalis president on how the crises in Gaza, Syria, Iraq and the persecution of Christian and other minorities in the Middle East are the greatest emergency the world has faced since the end of the Second World War.
Unfortunately rather than creating the conditions for a “globalisation of spirit” where we live in a state of peaceful co-existence and fraternity, we are increasingly experiencing a “globalisation of indifference”.
Pope Francis has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land this Pentecost Sunday. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga reflects on the pope's call to prayer.