UN climate talks: Putting faith into action

By |21 November 2013|

Policy Officer Jo O'Neill reflects on a unique conference on faith communities attempts to tackle climate change and Poland's first ever Climate Mass.

Climate change talks in Warsaw

By |19 November 2013|

SCIAF believes that we have a duty to care for creation and that we should all have the opportunity to live life in dignity and to the full.
  • We invite all of you to set aside at least half an hour at midday on 10th December to be part of our "wave of prayer" which will cross through all continents of the world.
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    Save the date! Wave of prayer against hunger on 10th December

Save the date! Wave of prayer against hunger on 10th December

By |19 November 2013|

We invite all of you to set aside at least half an hour at midday on 10th December to be part of our "wave of prayer" which will cross through all continents of the world.

One human family, food for all

By |10 November 2013|

Caritas believes that it is a scandal that nearly a billion people are hungry today in a world that has the resources to feed everyone.

The Pope, the Cardinal and YOU!

By |3 October 2013|

The Cardinal’s message will be part of the launch of the Caritas confederation’s hunger campaign on 10th December. This is World Human Rights day

Food for hope in Mali

By |2 August 2013|

The EA program 38 which has since January 2013 began with the reinforcement of capacity building of Caritas Sahel (Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Mali), with the aim to provide an effective emergency response and coordinated directly or indirectly people affected by the conflict in Mali.

Changing lives in Ethiopia

By |18 June 2013|

In Ethiopia, failure of successive rainy seasons brought about massive crop failure, the death of livestock and critical food and water shortages affecting 4.5 million people in eastern, southern and northern parts of the country. Caritas launched an appeal for €1.4 million to help some 65,000 people with food, water and the recovery of livelihoods.

Pope Francis on care for creation

By |30 April 2013|

URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS
Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013

So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all Creation and make justice and peace flourish.

Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! May the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of Creation.

CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
Saint Peter’s Square, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 24 March 2013

Let us look around: how many wounds are […]

Water for the world

By |29 April 2013|

It is essential for life but one in nine people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Secours Catholique (Caritas France) has developed a “wikiwater”, an interactive guide which offers ideas to improve access to water and sanitation for fragile communities.

The wikiwater was created by Secours Catholique’s Patrick Flicoteaux who worked with volunteers and experts over the course of three years. It gives simple and practical information and tips on such activities as how to build a well and how to purify water, among many other suggestions. To visit the wikiwater click here. In the meantime, here are some things you may not know about water:

More than 4 million people still die each year worldwide due to unsafe water and 885 million do not have access to drinking water. Learn more about analysing the quality of water.
“Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 […]

World Youth Day 2013: Participation of young people of Caritas

By |26 March 2013|

Caritas Brazil will hold an international youth meeting on 14th and 15th July in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Young people from Caritas member organisations are also invited to take part in the Missionary Week leading up to WYD.

International Women’s Day: making the field level

By |7 March 2013|

Caritas is marking International Women’s Day on 8 March by celebrating the work of women farmers around the world.

Women are more than ever at the forefront of sustaining family farms, but yet find themselves denied the same resources as men. This leads to hunger and traps women in a cycle of poverty. When it comes to farms, Caritas wants a level playing field between men and women.

Four out of every ten farmers in poor countries are women. They provide food for their families and support the local economy. But when it comes to having a fair share of land, animals, seeds, fertilisers, equipment and credit, women are discriminated against. Yields are lower as a result and everyone suffers.

Land is a key asset, yet there are big disparities in legal ownership or rental of land between men and women. In parts of Africa and Asia, women represent fewer than five […]

A Decade in Darfur: Mothers and Children at Risk

By |21 February 2013|

With thousands of others, Nawal escaped to one of Sudan’s camps for displaced people. They were safer there, but could no longer earn a living by farming. Some camp residents do tasks like brickmaking, making enough money to buy the day’s kilo or two of grain.

Youth make big climate splash in Oceania

By |17 December 2012|

While the Doha climate talks were wrapping up, over 700 young people from throughout the Pacific came to this event in Auckland, to learn, be inspired, have fun and take action. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand sponsored 12 from New Zealand and two from Vanuatu to attend.

Deadline in Doha

By |6 December 2012|

By Emilie Johann, guest blogger in Doha for CIDSE Overall, discussions have been difficult and ministerial roundtables have taken several thorny issues from the technical to the political level. Will Ministers be up for the challenge to inject some political will and move beyond national interests to respond to the urgent needs of the poorest and for the sake of our common future? Concerning the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) there is no sign of progress on ambition. The EU will not move beyond its current -20% target unless other parties move, and it is unwilling to consider the cancellation of carbon credits in KP2. So far none of the parties present have announced urgently needed more ambitious emission cuts. A weak KP2 is a bad sign in terms of the trust and ambition needed to build a new global climate deal which includes all parties, not […]

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    Caritas dialogues with FAO and the EU about agroecology at COP18

Caritas dialogues with FAO and the EU about agroecology at COP18

By |5 December 2012|

By Adriana Opromolla

On Wednesday, November 27th, a coalition made of CIDSE, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Misereor and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) held a public seminar (“side event”) at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The event was aimed at discussing the current proposals, within the UNFCCC, to adopt policy decisions addressing the relation between agriculture and climate change, and to promote small-scale agroecology as a viable response . A number of representatives of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the EU were present and engaged in an interesting dialogue with the speakers.

Dr. Haridas Varikkottil Raman intervened on behalf of EAA, Caritas Internationalis and Caritas India. He pointed to the ecological problems in the present way of managing agriculture. Back in history, human beings had a symbiotic relation with nature. Today, large-scale agriculture does not take care of nature and farmers face several challenges […]

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