In 2015, Caritas welcomes South Sudan as its newest member. The small African country gained independence in 2011, and its people are experiencing the joys and struggles that come with creating a nation.
The Caritas Internationalis General Assembly (12-17 May) is on the theme of ‘One Human Family, Caring for Creation’. Over 300 delegates will set plans for the next 4 years aimed at improving the lives of those living in poverty and misery.
Caritas thinks ahead, helping local communities alongside displaced ones to prevent conflict beginning between the two. Caritas provides skills training, education and housing – helping people get back home together, back to working and learning.
Rebecca Mulvah is happy to be back home in her village of Balakatala. Rebecca, 34, fled to camp out in the bush, when rumors that her village would be burned by people from a neighbouring one filled her with terror. Her village had Ebola.
In early March, Liberia was counting down to being declared Ebola-free. There had been no new cases for a week - the first time this had happened since May 2014 – and the last survivor was discharged from hospital in Monrovia.
Through the Risen Christ, the world re-enters in the harmony and we all become one in Him, because with Him “ There is neither Jew, nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28).
More than a million Nigerians have fled fanatically violent attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. These displaced families have relied on Catholic Church and other aid groups for basic necessities
When Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel was a young priest, he was imprisoned by Ethiopia's communist dictatorship. He recently welomed the man who jailed him as part on the Church's ongoing reconciliation efforts
The last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia has been dismissed from the treatment centre. Over the past 12 days, there were no new confirmed cases. If this is maintained for 35 days Liberia will be officially Ebola free.