By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis If I think of St Francis, I think of sandals… and a cord belt around a rough brown tunic, a bald pate and of course, a man surrounded by birds and squirrels. My thoughts about him had never gone further than the usual clichés that I learnt about when I was five. That was until last night…
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis It was a good day for umbrella sales people but a bad day for a Pope. As in no Pope was elected during the morning of the second day of the conclave. No one expected a Pope to be elected so early but me and about 10,000 others huddled in St Peter’s Square in the rain waiting for the smoke to come out of the chimney. So, about this chimney… it’s tiny. If you’re expecting something Santa could get down, think again. Even a pigeon would have trouble squeezing down there to make a home. Such a tiny thing the focus of so much attention…
The President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegulcigalpa, talks to Catholic News Service about the challenges facing the Church as Cardinals prepare to choose a new Pope. He also tells CNS's Cindy Wooden about how the cardinals prepare for a Conclave. Read article.
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis It’s a strange thought, the Pope surrounded by packing boxes. It’s an even stranger thought the Pope not being Pope any more. As I waited for Pope Benedict to appear for his final General Audience this morning I glanced at his apartment windows overlooking St Peter’s Square. I thought about the magnitude of his decision to stand down and wondered if he felt nervous. It’s easy to forget that the Pope’s a person with doubts and struggles, but in his final speech to the world as Pontiff, Pope Benedict reminded us that he is as human as the rest of us. "There were moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy ... there were moments, as there were throughout the history of the Church, when the seas were rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord [...]
“Believing in charity calls forth charity” “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)
By Jacques Dinan, Executive Secretay of Caritas Africa The identity and mission of Caritas in the light of the encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” is the theme of the meeting of Bishops that will take place in Kinshasa from 20 to 22 November 2012. Some 60 bishops, comprising the presidents of national caritas organisations and presidents of episcopal conferences, will gather in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo for this meeting jointly organised by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and Caritas Africa.
Caritas Internationalis secretatry general, Michel Roy, has spoken on behalf of the Caritas confederation at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican. Acting as an "auditor" at the three-week meeting, Mr Roy gave a speech on the relationship between charity and evangelisation. Read the speech in French, Spanish and English. View photos.
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By Patrick Nicholson Q. What’s God got to do with it? A. Everything “At the centre of creation is human beings,” said Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis at an event during the Durban climate talks. “Our economic system and its search for money above all have dehumanized human beings. Religious groups have a duty to humanize them again.” Cardinal Rodriguez was part of a panel on ‘What’s God got to do with it’ during Climate Communications Day, a side event at the UNFCCC. Other panelists included Lic. Elias Crisostomo Abramides (World Council of Churches); Bishop Geoff Davies (Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute) and Rabbi Hillel Avidan. Lic. Abramides said if we destroy plants and animals, we destroy ourselves. Bishop Davies said all faith groups were united in saying to the politicians that this is not just an economic world but a beautiful world worth saving. He said science and [...]
By Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC, President of Caritas Bangladesh One essential aspect of the mystery of the human person is its union of the earthly body and the heavenly soul, a union on earth destined for eternity. On earth, the body has to be a true home for the eternal spirit; in eternity the soul has to be home of the risen body. On earth, food assists the body in its essential function to keep “body and soul together” towards the fulfillment of that mystery of the human person. Thus ‘food security’ is hardly a mere earthly affair, it has eternal overtures. The Lord’s Prayer is no common petition. It is the prayer for the coming of the Kingdom of God. In it we pray for the “daily bread”, the everyday food of the poor leading to the eternal bread of tomorrow for all. Scripture refers to food as the basic earthly need: At creation, no [...]
More than 1000 young people gathered in the parish of the Holy Family in Madrid to hear Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga present his second catechesis at World Youth Day. The same day, Pope Benedict arrived in the Spanish Capital from Rome, Cardinal Rodriguez spoke of the Pope’s message for World Youth Day: “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.” Caritas Spain looks at what he said. Cardinal Rodriguez said, “Whatever we build must be planned in a way that that when tough winds blow, it isn’t swept away.” “Our lives are constantly put to the test by personal, family and social crises, through relativism and the ethics of convenience which try to uproot us and make us believe that all that which satisfies our personal needs is good. Yet faith isn’t the rational adherence to an ideology but a personal meeting with Christ who lives [...]