Latin America is the continent with the most inequality in the world, where the division between the rich and poor is massive. Caritas is working on all fronts to help combat the terrible scandal of poverty in which millions of people live.
At a time when people need more than ever to have a family around them to help cushion the repeated blows dealt by this time of crisis, people are finding themselves increasingly alone and isolated. Even when they have a family, people often don’t feel valued as part of society.
Caritas Internationalis president on how the crises in Gaza, Syria, Iraq and the persecution of Christian and other minorities in the Middle East are the greatest emergency the world has faced since the end of the Second World War.
Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Family will host a one-day seminar on the role of the family in the global economic crisis. The meeting will look at how Caritas as the charitable arm of the Church can work through families to better promote development.
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.
Caritas, along with UNAIDS, organised an AIDS consultation in Rome on 25 and 26 February to strengthen the joint response of Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), UNAIDS and other agencies AIDS on a global level.
Expanding access to HIV treatment globally and strengthening the role of faith-based organizations in the provision of such services will be the focus of a consultation, co-organized by Caritas Internationalis and UNAIDS.
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.