September 1, 2016

Caritas India on Mother Teresa’s canonisation

By |1 September 2016|

Mother Teresa will be canonized on 4 September in Rome. Caritas India reflects on her compassionate and loving service to humanity

August 12, 2016

Caritas responding to floods in India

By |12 August 2016|

Caritas is launching an emergency appeal to help people who’ve been hit by floods in Assam and Bihar in India. Millions of people have been displaced and over 150 have lost their lives as a result of the floods.

September 16, 2015

India’s poor await the Sustainable Development Goals

By |16 September 2015|

India’s economy is said to have doubled since 2008, but the growing disparity between the poor and the rich is still appalling. India is still a home to one third of the world’s poor people.

December 16, 2014

Beyond the tsunami waves

By |16 December 2014|

One positive result of the tsunami is that our Caritas national organisations and their ties with communities are strengthened. They’ve been able to use that strength as a gateway for other integral human development efforts.

Caritas marks 10 years since Asia tsunami

By |4 December 2014|

Tsunami affected communities in Sri Lanka. Caritas organisations from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand joined confederation members from around the world, Church and other religious leaders in Sri Lanka 3-5 December to remember victims of the 2004 Asia tsunami.

September 10, 2014

Epic floods in India and Pakistan

By |10 September 2014|

Heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Jammu and Kashmir in India and across the border in Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan.

August 27, 2014

Appeal for flood survivors in India

By |27 August 2014|

Caritas has launched an eight-month emergency programme to help to over 47,000 in Odisha after floods left 3.5 million people in need.

October 15, 2013

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    Relief efforts start in India after Cyclone Phailin leaves trail of destruction

Relief efforts start in India after Cyclone Phailin leaves trail of destruction

By |15 October 2013|

Hundreds of thousands of people in India need help after Cyclone Phailin flattened their homes and destroyed their livelihoods. Many people remain marooned with their villages cut off due to high flood waters.

June 26, 2013

Caritas reaching flood hit North India

By |26 June 2013|

The early monsoons have brought misery in the life of the people in Uttrakhand, which has been severely affected by floods and landslides following the torrential rainfall in the region since mid-June. The current death toll is raised more than 1000 people with at least 4000 people still stranded.

May 13, 2013

Tropical storm threatening coastal areas in Bay of Bengal

By |13 May 2013|

The tropical cyclone ‘Mahasen’ is heading towards coastal part of the Bay of Bengal and at any time it may cross any parts of Bangladesh or India or Myanmar on 15 - 17, May 2013.

January 14, 2013

Capital punishment no answer to rape crimes in India

By |14 January 2013|

Caritas India says capital punishment is not a deterent against crimes of sexual violence, but improved protection for women and a national school curriculum that tackle these issues will help. Last month, a 23-year-old student died of her injuries after being raped in the capital Delhi. Five men have been charged with her murder and are facing trial. If convicted, they face the death penalty. In recommendations to the Justice J.S. Verma Committee, formed by the government to recommend safety measures for women, Caritas India urged for curriculums from school levels onwards to tackle the issue of violenece and abuse agaisnt women and girls. “The need of the hour is to revolutionize our thinking through education,” said Patrick Hansda, a young public relations officer at Caritas India. The Verma committee’s recommendations in less than a month from now will be considered in amending laws for speedier justice and punishment in sexual assault cases [...]

July 5, 2012

Floods in India and Bangladesh

By |5 July 2012|

Severe flooding has struck Bangladesh and northeast India, claiming over 150 lives and destroying farms and homes. Around two million people have been displaced as monsoon rains and the overflowing Brahmaputra river have swallowed up crops, livestock, grain reserves, and more. Around 2084 villages are cut off and marooned in water In both countries, Caritas teams have visited the victims and started relief operations. In Bangladesh, Caritas has started feeding flood-affected families and plans to increase its food distribution programmes. In India, Caritas is focusing on protecting flood victims’ health. Near marooned villages in the block of Soothea falling within the worst affected district of Sonitpur, Caritas India’s assessment team saw filthy water and animal carcasses floating. “With no drinking water, people had no other option but to drink floodwater,” says Babita Alick, Team Leader for Disaster Management. Alick is concerned about the condition of families in relief camps. “With people and [...]

January 21, 2012

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    Homily on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Caritas India

Homily on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Caritas India

By |21 January 2012|

By Mar Andrews Thazhath Archbishop of Trichur & President of KCBC ‘Do not despise any of these little ones. The son of man has come to save the lost’ Dear friends in Jesus Christ, We are gathered here to thank the Almighty for the abundant blessings upon Caritas India as it completes 50 years of fruitful service to the Church and the society. With St. Paul, as we heard in today’s reading, let us “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks to God at every moment. This is the will of God, our vocation as Christians” (I Thes. 5: 16-18). Jubilee is looking back and looking forward. According to the spirit of Jubilee seen in the book of Leviticus (25:8-28) it is an occasion of remembrance of the past events; of repentance for the faults committed; of redemption of what is lost; of return to the [...]

Happy golden jubilee Caritas India

By |20 January 2012|

Caritas India is marking its golden jubilee by reconfirming its commitment towards the poor and oppressed. Celebrations are underway in New Delhi today and tommorrow. Caritas India staff have been joined by international guests from acrosss Caritas organisations. The theme is “Zero Poverty”. Caritas India says it wants to use the goldern jubilee to refocus its mission. Workshops on issues ranging from trafficking to food to urban poverty have already taken place and further regional events are already planned. Apart from them, thirteen regional workshops and celebrations at different diocesan levels have been planned which will run throughout the year. The outcome of these workshops will act as a base for future actions and interventions. As a reflection of Caritas India’s contribution for the last 50 years, it has initiated a research in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to understand the reach and extend of Caritas India. [...]

Aid reaching survivors of Cyclone Thane in India

By |13 January 2012|

Caritas India is helping people whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed by a severe cyclone that struck southern India in late December 2011. With a wind speed of 140km per hour, Cyclone Thane pummelled the Tamil Nadu coast and the area of Pondicherry on 30 December. Heavy rains and tidal waves as high as 7m flooded villages. Powerful winds swept away roofs or whole houses.“The storm created havoc,” says Ambrose Christy, zonal manager for Caritas India. “Over 45 people are reported to be dead and thousands of huts and small houses have collapsed.”More than 300,000 houses were damaged and people were evacuated from low-lying coastal areas to state-run relief camps. Roads were also damaged, with uprooted trees and electric posts strewn across streets. Electricity, water supplies, and communication lines were cut off. Livestock were killed, and crops like sugar and rice were destroyed.Caritas India is working with dioceses to [...]