Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE have organised a high-level dialogue at the United Nations to make sure the faith voice rings out strong and clear in the run-up to the Paris COP21 climate summit in November.
Caritas is calling for the world to put the poor first and ensure the safe future of the planet by uniting behind the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals which promise to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and take action on climate change by 2030.
Caritas leaders said that ending hunger by 2025 is an achievable goal if we support family and small scale farming during Caritas Day at the Milan 2015 Expo.
"Shaking someone's hand, looking into their eyes, offering a friendly presence, saving a person from loneliness--these should be the concern of Caritas," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin during a homily at a Mass for Caritas clergy and staff.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines has been elected as the new president of Caritas Internationalis at the confederation's 20th General Assembly in Rome.
The Caritas Internationalis General Assembly (12-17 May) is on the theme of ‘One Human Family, Caring for Creation’. Over 300 delegates will set plans for the next 4 years aimed at improving the lives of those living in poverty and misery.
Caritas thinks ahead, helping local communities alongside displaced ones to prevent conflict beginning between the two. Caritas provides skills training, education and housing – helping people get back home together, back to working and learning.
You don’t have to go to “the peripheries”, in the words of Pope Francis, to meet victims of human trafficking, because often they are “hiding in plain sight” in our societies.
The leaders of Catholic agencies from around the world will be in Rome from 12 – 17 May for the 20th Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, titled “One Human Family, Caring for Creation”.