International Youth Day focus on migration

By |7 August 2013|

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. This year the theme is ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’.

Caritas goes to World Youth Day

By |19 July 2013|

The young people of Caritas are preparing to join millions of others from around the world to celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Brazil. The Pope will arrive in Rio de Janeiro for the four-day event on Monday 22nd July to celebrate with the young around the theme “Go and make disciples of all nations”. The culmination of the event will be a closing mass celebrated by the Holy Father on 28th July. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, will also be at WYD. In a message emphasising the importance of faith and charity he said, “The disciples believed in the Lord and followed his suggestions and what they received was relief from their material and spiritual hunger.” Groups of young people from national Caritas organisations from all over the world will travel to the event. Member organisations from various countries in Latin America plus ones in Australia, [...]

World Refugee Day: In their faces is the face of Christ

By |20 June 2013|

Pope Francis called attention to refugee families "often forced to flee their homes and countries in a hurry and losing all their belongings and their security to escape violence, persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion, ethnic identity or political ideas."
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    “Protected, paid well and pleasurable”: decent work for domestic workers

“Protected, paid well and pleasurable”: decent work for domestic workers

By |17 June 2013|

Caritas campaigned hard to get the convention approved and ensure the rights of domestic workers  were respected. The very nature of domestic work – behind closed doors and hidden from view – means that the terrain is rife for abuses and protective measures are minimal.

A cry for peace for Central African Republic

By |4 June 2013|

Read in French By Clotaire Mbao Ben Seba, Bangui If you think a smile is stronger than a weapon If you believe in the power of an offered hand, If you can look at the other with a touch of love If you prefer to know the hope to suspicion, If for you the other is primarily a brother, If you believe that peace is possible, Then peace will come. A hymn for peace sung by students of St. Theresa School in Bangui at a special Mass for reconciliation. “If we speak, write and cry loud enough, someone may stop, listen and do something,” said Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, Caritas director in the diocese of Bouar in the Central African Republic. But he doubts that help will come to a country with chronically instability and little strategic value. Conflict, human rights abuses and lawlessness has been rampant there since the rebel […]

Historic day for regulation of global arms trade

By |3 June 2013|

Governments are signing up to the world's first internationally binding treaty to regulate the trade in conventional weapons Monday. Adopted by the UN in April after a vote of 154 to three, the agreement will control the global trade in arms and ammunition. Caritas members in France, Colombia, India, the Democratic Republic of Congo have been pressing for the deal. Joseph Cornelius Donnelly reports from the UN in New York. At last! At last in more than one way dozens of Member States are now sitting inside UN's Trusteeship Council Conference Room. Ceremonial beginnings under way with speeches on what is being called an historic day. What will count is not the very important signatures alone, but the urgent ongoing implementation of an effective Arms Trade Treaty to comprehensively bring greater peace and security to the world, to the human family everywhere - everywhere at last. It is noted that civil society, [...]

International Domestic Workers Day

By |27 May 2013|

International Domestic Workers day is on 16th June and it gives us the opportunity to recognise the rights of domestic workers around the world.

Urgent call for action: protect Syrian people from more slaughter

By |23 May 2013|

Caritas has been responding to the needs of Syrians since the first days of the crisis in March 2011, supporting both those inside the country and refugees throughout the region. Caritas has helped more than 100,000 people in need, without discrimination. However, this is only a temporary remedy. There cannot be an end to the suffering of the Syrian population as long as the fighting continues. The situation today is desperate. It must stop. Caritas is deeply concerned about the rising number of victims, especially civilians who live in constant fear and in precarious conditions inside Syria. Neighbouring countries have generously kept their borders open, but the rising flow of refugees has brought them economically and socially to their limits. “What will happen to us, to my family, to my children? Our houses and cities are bombed and all our lives are wounded. I never thought that I was going to look [...]

Taking Congo’s message to the United Nations

By |30 April 2013|

Caritas has been a profound partner assisting us at every level with courage and compassion as well as their capacity to make differences in the lives of people and communities.

Mayday

By |30 April 2013|

Many workers around the world are having a welcomed day off tomorrow to mark “International Workers Day”. But in Bangladesh rescuers will continue to sift through the rubble of the clothing factory which collapsed in Savar last week.

Pope Francis on care for creation

By |30 April 2013|

Urbi et Orbi message of Pope Francis on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013

Water for the world

By |29 April 2013|

It is essential for life but one in nine people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Secours Catholique (Caritas France) has developed a “wikiwater”, an interactive guide which offers ideas to improve access to water and sanitation for fragile communities. The wikiwater was created by Secours Catholique’s Patrick Flicoteaux who worked with volunteers and experts over the course of three years. It gives simple and practical information and tips on such activities as how to build a well and how to purify water, among many other suggestions. To visit the wikiwater click here. In the meantime, here are some things you may not know about water: More than 4 million people still die each year worldwide due to unsafe water and 885 million do not have access to drinking water. Learn more about analysing the quality of water. “Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 [...]

A place at the main conference table in WHO

By |8 April 2013|

By sitting at the “big table” at WHO, I also enjoyed the possibility of sharing the good work being done by Caritas and other Catholic Church-inspired organizations in providing both prevention and treatment to people at risk of or already living with the major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – in particular, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and cancer.
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    World Social Forum: No electricity, many talents and an old friend

World Social Forum: No electricity, many talents and an old friend

By |29 March 2013|

For me, Tunis WSF experience reconfirmed the strength of Caritas and its capacity to act and react as a network in front of a diversity of challenges.

Caritas at the World Social Forum in Tunis

By |26 March 2013|

Caritas has been involved in the WSF since its beginnings. Caritas believes it’s an opportunity to exchange ideas and to build the momentum towards real change. This year Caritas will look at migration, trafficking, the right to food, corruption and tax evasion.

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