Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga calls for just peace in Gaza

By |31 July 2014|

Caritas Internationalis President says that there must be an urgent end to the fighting, a lifting of the blockade and a negotiated settlement to end the slaughter of children and innocents.

CRS aid gets through to Gaza

By |29 July 2014|

The Israeli offensive in Gaza continues, with civilian casualties, destruction of buildings, damage to infrastructure and internal displacement continuing to rise. During a short ceasefire, CRS reached families whose homes had been totally destroyed.

Not just another nameless casualty in Gaza

By |28 July 2014|

Jalila Ayyad, the first Christian casualty in the conflict in Gaza, died in her home yesterday when a shell hit. One of her sons, Jeries, is in hospital with serious wounds. Caritas Jerusalem is trying to evacuate him out of Gaza to East Jerusalem.

Gaza: ‘The scars will last a lifetime’

By |28 July 2014|

I saw many injured people at the hospital. Their faces were full of fear and sadness. It is hard to describe the desolation that people feel in Gaza.
  • Caritas calls on the international community to ensure existing peace agreements are upheld. Credit: LIz O'Neill/CRS
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    Caritas calls for a ceasefire and the protection of human rights in the Holy Land

Caritas calls for a ceasefire and the protection of human rights in the Holy Land

By |24 July 2014|

Caritas Internationalis (CI) calls on both parties in the Gaza conflict to agree to a permanent ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to get through and for the human rights of Palestinians to be protected.

Caritas appeals for help on behalf of Gazans

By |22 July 2014|

The Caritas emergency programme will provide medical supplies and medicines to four hospitals plus fuel for generators. Two thousand families will receive food parcels and 500 families will be given blankets.

Spiritual and material help for Gazans

By |17 July 2014|

Caritas Jerusalem has appealed for an emergency help in Gaza, but sometimes what people really need is a listening ear or just a kind word.
  • Caritas Jerusalem's team in Gaza carry out home visits following the 2012 military action. Caritas in Gaza provides medical care and treatement through a mobile clinic and a centre. Credit: Caritas Jerusalem
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    Justice and conflict resolution shortest route to Holy Land peace

Justice and conflict resolution shortest route to Holy Land peace

By |11 July 2014|

Over 90 Gazans have been killed following four days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Militants have also been firing hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said the situation ‘is on a knife-edge’.

Pray for peace in the Holy Land with Pope Francis

By |4 June 2014|

Pope Francis has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land this Pentecost Sunday. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga reflects on the pope's call to prayer.

Holy Land pilgrims look to papal visit

By |19 May 2014|

Caritas members took part in the pilgrimage to holy sites from 12 – 16 May. They witnessed the difficult lives of Palestinians and called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to work together to bring about peace.

Caritas leaders go to Holy Land to pray for peace

By |9 May 2014|

Caritas directors from various parts of the world as well as the confederation’s secretary general Michel Roy will go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next week. They will be praying for an end to the cycle of violence.

Storm makes life more difficult in Gaza

By |20 December 2013|

Caritas reaches Palestinian families stranded by floods in Gaza after severe storms add to the misery of daily life on the Strip.

Mission to Gaza

By |24 July 2013|

There are 1.7 million Palestinians living in Gaza, a thin strip of land along the Mediterranean, 41 km long and between 6 to 12 km wide. They have been blockaded by Israel since June 2007. A fifth live below the poverty line, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

Ten Gaza facts

By |4 December 2012|

Home to 1.6 million people, Gaza is just 40km long and 10km wide. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Post-war Gaza

By |22 November 2012|

Now there’s a ceasefire in Gaza, assisting communities in the Strip is of the highest priority. The week-long war between Gaza and Israel has left many people in desperate need of medical items, drinking water and blankets, among other things. Caritas Jerusalem’s health team - two coordinators, medical staff and two psychiatrists – are making an assessment of the emergency needs of Gazans. Caritas Jerusalem’s work will be mainly through its mobile clinic, the medical centre and also through the 180 community agents who they trained to help with the local population’s health needs.   Post-war Gaza: What have we learned? Visit Caritas Jerusalem's website | Press Release (19 November 2012) Listen to an interview with Vatican Radio in French of Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem.

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