Caritas Internationalis

About Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis is the global confederation of 165 Catholic organisations working on behalf of the poor. It is the arm through which the Church delivers its moral mission to help the most vulnerable and excluded people, whatever their religion or race.

April 24, 2017

Life improves for Burundian refugees in Rwanda

By |24 April 2017|

Since May 2015, Caritas has been helping the most vulnerable. They number more than 7,000 people, including the sick, the mentally and physically disabled, single mothers, women alone, nursing women, children, the elderly and refugees who have been traumatised. No way can they be abandoned!
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    Millions face hunger due to conflict in Africa’s Chad Basin

Millions face hunger due to conflict in Africa’s Chad Basin

By |24 April 2017|

Millions of people have been displaced by Boko Haram fighters in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad and one in every two families is now in need of life-saving assistance.
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    Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

Caritas supports victims of deadly Mocoa landslide, Colombia

By |6 April 2017|

Caritas is responding to a devastating landslide in Mocoa, south-west Colombia, which has left at least 290 people dead, over 300 still missing and 200 injured, in the worst disaster of its kind to hit the country since the 1980s.

Death toll rises as floods continue in Peru

By |6 April 2017|

The casualties from severe floods in Peru have now risen to 106 dead and 358 wounded people, while the number forced from their homes has reached 156,400 as heavy rains continue across many areas of the country.

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

By |3 April 2017|

Caritas agencies call on western countries to do more to help fleeing Syrians, as more than five million people have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries.

March 24, 2017

Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

By |24 March 2017|

Blessed Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while celebrating the Eucharist on March 24, 1980. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Archbishop of San Salvador and President of Cáritas El Salvador reminds us of his legacy.

Caritas distributing aid in flood affected areas in Peru

By |22 March 2017|

Caritas Peru launched a campaign which aims to meet the most urgent basic needs for families affected by the landslides and floods.
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    “South Sudan is collapsing.” Urgent aid needed to fight mass starvation

“South Sudan is collapsing.” Urgent aid needed to fight mass starvation

By |21 March 2017|

As the humanitarian crisis worsens in South Sudan, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei, has warned the country is in a state of collapse with millions of people facing mass starvation.
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    “Our people are witnessing mass starvation.” South Sudanese bishop in Rome to highlight famine

“Our people are witnessing mass starvation.” South Sudanese bishop in Rome to highlight famine

By |17 March 2017|

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei, will be in Rome from 21 March for a meeting of South Sudan experts to discuss the worsening crisis in his country where famine has been declared in the midst of civil war.

Cholera and hunger threaten Somalia

By |16 March 2017|

A famine in 2011 left over a quarter of a million people dead in Somalia. The current drought, one of the worst in living memory, is far more severe. Crops have been destroyed. Many villages have been left without water.

Pope Francis’ seven suggestions to help child migrants

By |15 March 2017|

Do you want to help child migrants? Here are seven suggestions from Pope Francis
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    Caritas calls for action on the plight of solo refugee and migrant children

Caritas calls for action on the plight of solo refugee and migrant children

By |14 March 2017|

Caritas is urging that proper protection be given to the millions of children who now make up an astonishing half of the world’s total refugees.

February 28, 2017

South Sudan famine: I write with tears in my eyes

By |28 February 2017|

Parts of South Sudan face famine due to an ongoing civil war, collapse of law and order and drought. William Okot de Toby is the managing director of a diocesan Caritas, Caritas Torit, in the south-eastern part of the country. He answered our questions.

South Sudan bishops: “This famine is man-made”

By |24 February 2017|

Following the declaration of famine in Unity State, South Sudan this week, the country’s Catholic bishops have issued a powerful pastoral letter condemning the country’s civil war and labelling the famine as “man-made”.

Urgent food aid needed as famine strikes South Sudan

By |22 February 2017|

Famine declared in South Sudan with 275,000 children severely malnourished and more than 5 million people urgently in need of food and agricultural assistance.