South Sudanese church leaders call for peace

By |19 December 2013|

Church leaders in South Sudan are united in calling for peace and national reconciliation after violence breaks out, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes

Advent message of hope for Central African Republic

By |18 December 2013|

Central African Republic is marking first anniversary of rebeelion that has plunged the country into chaos. Despite the anarchy, the Bishop of Bossangoa is looking to Advent for hope.

Aid desperately needed in Central African Republic

By |12 December 2013|

Cheers rang out from the 40,000 people trapped in the Catholic Mission in Bossangoa as peacekeeping troops arrived. “It came as a huge relief,” said Fr. Alain Eouanzoui, the Vicar General of Bossangoa, “We believe the nightmare might soon be over.”

Syrian refugees in Jordan: huge strain on medical services

By |13 November 2013|

Cartas Jordan uses the Italian Hospital and four others across the country, together with five migration centres, to provide direct humanitarian aid such as food, cloths, blankets, stoves and fuel.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Born under bombs

By |4 November 2013|

Money being provided by Caritas agencies around the world is helping to provide food, clothing, blankets, temporary shelters, rent vouchers, trauma counselling and medical care.

Central African Republic: a lost generation

By |30 October 2013|

Central African Republic has descended into anarchy after rebels seized power in March. The situation has recently deteriorated with popular militias being formed to defend the local population against the rebels,

A refugee remembers Syria

By |30 October 2013|

The nostalgia for what Syria was – and the effort to convey that longing to others – seems to be for so many refugees the last grip on a normal life, to keep themselves from losing their minds.
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Caritas Pakistan joins protests after deadly suicide attack in church

By |25 September 2013|

Two suicide bombers struck a historic church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday, killing 81 people attending Mass. It was one of the deadliest attacks on Christians in Pakistan's history.
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Caritas Kenya prays for the fate of the Westgate Mall hostages

By |24 September 2013|

The Catholic Church has urged Kenyans to give donations to help victims and their families through this difficult and trying moments. Caritas Kenya responded immediately by donating 1,000 blood bags, 10,000 gloves, soft drinks, glucose and crates of bread to assist many Kenyans who responded to the call to donate blood at Uhuru Park.

“Is this really the world that I desire?”

By |9 September 2013|

Syria vigil and fast

By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis

The first time I ever heard of Damascus was in the story of the conversion of Saint Paul. It’s a story that speaks of the possibility of change and forgiveness; where dark hearts are flooded with light and those who persecute can go on to do good.

I was in St Peter’s Square on Saturday night along with around 100,000 people, leaders of other faiths, prelates, Caritas colleagues (thanks to Alfonso for saving me a seat!), Italian politicians and of course Pope Francis to pray for such a change of heart regarding Syria.

As dusk descended over Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said, “God’s world is a world where everyone feels responsible for the other, for the good of the other. This evening, in reflection, fasting and prayer, each of us deep down should ask ourselves: Is this really the […]

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    Why I’ll be praying and fasting on Saturday for peace in Syria

Why I’ll be praying and fasting on Saturday for peace in Syria

By |5 September 2013|

In June, I visited Lebanon to see the work of Caritas with Syrian refugees. We went up to the Bekaa Valley, which runs along the border with Syria. It’s a wide, green valley, dotted with towns and farms. It’s a beautiful place, even now.

Back to school in Central African Republic

By |30 August 2013|

In March 2013, school abruptly came to an end for thousands of children when Seleka rebels seized power. Armed troops ransacked government buildings, hospitals and schools. Teachers fled to the capital; pupils and their families hid in the fields.

In co-operation with Unicef, Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) has set up a 6-month program to re-open schools. Apart from organising transport for the teachers we will also make sure salaries are paid again. New books and materials provided by Unicef will be distributed and parents will be encouraged to send their children back to school.

Cordaid’s Piet van Gils is in Bangui to arrange the transport of the teachers. “It took quite some effort to get everyone registered on time, to provide them with money for the trip and to get them on to a truck. It will take some of the teachers a week to reach their villages. Once they get there […]

Fighters run amok in Central African Republic capital

By |23 August 2013|

By Clotaire Mbao Ben-Seb, Communications Officer Caritas Central Africa Residents of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, have been living through days of a deafening concert of gunfire: Kalashnikovs are the tenors, submachine guns are the sopranos and the mortars and rockets are the bass. People stayed awake hiding under the Mango trees until three in the morning to avoid being hit. There have been several deaths and homes have been ransacked. At a community hospital in Bangui, they have 14 patients with gunshot wounds. Six needed surgery. One of them, the son of former President Kolingba, received a bullet that went through his chest and will need specialist care. At the another clinic, the Friendship Hospital, five patients were transferred to trauma care. Over 200 people filled the hallways and hide beneath the Mango trees in the grounds in search of safety. Bodies are being found in homes. […]

Central African Republic on the brink

By |23 August 2013|

Fr Aurélio Gazzera is the local diocesan Caritas director in Bouar in Northern Central African Republic. Rebel Seleka forces seized power in CAR in March, plunging the country into anarchy. The United Nations said last week the country was on the brink of collapse and the crisis was threatening to spread beyond its borders. Caritas Internationalis has launched an international appeal for over €700,000 to support its work for peace and reconciliation, help people meet their immediate needs and re-establish their livelihoods as well as offer basic health services in nine dioceses.Fr Gazzera’s eye-witness accounts have spoken of villages being abandoned as people flee the violence. By Fr Aurélio Gazzera There are makeshift road blocks around Bohong, manned by Seleka fighters. The armed men charge you 1000 CAR francs to enter or leave the town if you’re on a bike, while its 200 CAR francs if you’re on foot. If […]

Caritas director in Egypt says aid is key

By |22 August 2013|

Caritas Egypt Director Fr. Nabil Gabriel sj called on European Union to bare in mind the impact of aid cuts on the poor as they discussed stopping or reducing their support to Egypt. He said the EU should increase its funding so the Egypt could be constructed on a sound basis.

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