Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga addressed the Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) on 24 September in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, Canada.
He spoke about how Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI changed the way we think about and practice charity through his landmark encyclical Deus Caritas Est and the Motu Proprio Intima Ecclesiae Natura.
His intervention was followed by a presentation on how Caritas Internationalis is organised throughout the world, which was given by its Secretary General Michel Roy
Read the full text of Cardinal Rodriguez’s speech.
The role of the bishop in justice, peace and caritas
Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Dear Brother Bishops, I greet you very warmly on behalf of Caritas Internationalis, the confederation of 164 national Catholic aid agencies, working on humanitarian aid and development.
Among them is Development and Peace, Caritas Canada. I’m sure you’re all familiar with their excellent work, including in my home country Honduras, helping communities devastated by mining companies. They are […]
Syria vigil and fast
By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis
The first time I ever heard of Damascus was in the story of the conversion of Saint Paul. It’s a story that speaks of the possibility of change and forgiveness; where dark hearts are flooded with light and those who persecute can go on to do good.
I was in St Peter’s Square on Saturday night along with around 100,000 people, leaders of other faiths, prelates, Caritas colleagues (thanks to Alfonso for saving me a seat!), Italian politicians and of course Pope Francis to pray for such a change of heart regarding Syria.
As dusk descended over Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said, “God’s world is a world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other. This evening, in reflection, fasting and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves: Is this really the […]
By Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo
This first encyclical of Pope Francis offers a profound and comprehensive meditation on the role of faith in the lives of individual Catholics and on its influence in the work of Catholic-inspired organizations such as Caritas Internationalis. Prior to the publication date, on 05 July 2013, the Holy Father himself publicly acknowledged this document as the “work of four hands” since it represents both the writing by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before his retirement as well as further refinement and original additions by his successor.
Some highlights of the encyclical are presented in this brief summary. It must be acknowledged, however, that the encyclical is so rich with Scriptural and other doctrinal citations, as well as with the deep insights of the Holy Father himself, that one cannot even pretend to offer an all-inclusive summary. Thus the reader is strongly encouraged to go to the […]
By Victoria Ferguson, volunteer with SCIAF (Caritas Scotland)As I prepare to depart for the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro I have been reflecting on this year’s theme ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’ Matthew 28:19. What a perfect theme for an international event which brings together young people from around the world for the biggest and only event of its kind.Pope John Paul II was the founder and of this unique event. In its 28th year it continues to grow in attendance, with a predicted 2 million pilgrims this year. All of who will travel to Brazil and come together to meet with the Holy Father Pope Francis, for his first international visit since being appointed as the Successor of Peter.This will be my fifth World Youth Day and I consider myself blessed to be attending this rather spectacular festival of faith in which young people […]
Read the blog in Spanish, in French, or in Portuguese. By Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis Like the Rolling Stones a few years before him, Pope Francis will gather to celebrate with millions of young people on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro next week. The occasion will be World Youth Day, an event where the Holy Father will invite the young to “Go and make disciples of all nations”. But many years before these celebrations, there was a more significant joyous meeting on a beach. The one where our risen Lord appeared to the disciples on the shores of the sea of Galilee. (Jn 21:1) The disciples had fished all night and had lost hope. As dawn came, the Lord appeared and told them to cast their net to the other side of the boat. What they brought back up was an abundance of fish. It […]