Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

By |9 July 2014|

In the western hemisphere, the Church’s role as defender of migrants and refugees is more important than ever, as those on the move continue to be subject to abuse, exploitation, and violence.

“Blossoms of prayer” for the world’s migrants

By |9 July 2014|

Unfortunately rather than creating the conditions for a “globalisation of spirit” where we live in a state of peaceful co-existence and fraternity, we are increasingly experiencing a “globalisation of indifference”.

Arms open to the world at Rio AIDS event

By |28 May 2014|

The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, UNAIDS and the city’s state university joined their voices on 23 May to promote equality and the elimination of stigma and discrimination. Caritas Internationalis was present.

Prize of 10,000 euros for women beating hunger

By |5 May 2014|

In places where people were starving, women are now feeding their families and communities. Caritas and the Fidel Goetz Foundation want to celebrate the achievements of these women.

Caritas Peru helps following floods

By |30 April 2014|

In the early morning hours of last January 26th, a downpour caused flooding in houses in the districts of Huepetuhe and Tambopata in Peru.

Minor migrants in Mexico

By |29 April 2014|

The situation of extreme poverty, armed conflict, limited access to means of development, and in some cases family pressure, is driving ever more children and adolescents from Central America to travel along migration corridors in the hope of reaching the US border, or otherwise trying their luck in Mexico.

Earthquake in Chile

By |3 April 2014|

Caritas in Chile has set up an emergency committee. It is in contact with dioceses to assess the damage and needs.

Mass for migrants in Mexican wilderness

By |2 April 2014|

US bishops celebrated Mass for migrants on the US-Mexico border. Caritas and the US Bishops work together prompting the rights of migrants who are children.

Poverty damaging family life and society

By |26 March 2014|

Poverty is a “major pastoral emergency” for the Church, say Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Caritas Internationalis and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Lenten 2014 message: Equality, simplicity and sharing

By |5 March 2014|

Lenten message from Cardinal Oscar Andrès Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis."Each of us can live more simply, consume less, waste less and be more conscious of our choices."

Caritas to launch global wave of prayer to end hunger

By |29 November 2013|

The Caritas confederation will launch a global “wave of prayer” to promote an end to world hunger on 10th December. It marks the beginning of the Caritas anti-hunger campaign, One Human Family, Food For All. The wave starts on the island of Samoa and will sweep across the globe involving Caritas organisations and many other people on all continents.

“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”

By |28 July 2013|

World Youth Day gave a crash course in companionship to anyone not used to being with others. Last night millions packed on Copacobana beach to take part in an all night vigil. Many of them took their sleeping bags and slept there.

The most huggable Pope ever

By |27 July 2013|

The work of Development and Peace and many other Caritas organisations around the world in educating the young about poverty and global inequality lays the groundwork for creating more aware and responsible citizens, who make their decisions with compassion rather than selfishness.

Young pilgrims fly the flag for Latin America

By |26 July 2013|

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the hundreds of World Youth Day pilgrims who went to the church of Santo Aghostino on the outskirts if Rio de Janeiro to hear the catechesis of Caritas president, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga this morning.

SCIAF on tour at World Youth Day Rio 2013

By |23 July 2013|

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 [...]

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