April 21, 2015

Mediterranean migrants dying of European indifference

By |21 April 2015|

Over 800 people died in a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Only 27 people are thought to have survived the tragedy. Caritas Catania was at the port when their ship arrived at midnight in Sicily. Don Piero Galvano, director of Caritas Catania gives his thoughts.

Urgent action after more tragedy in Mediterranean

By |20 April 2015|

Caritas is calling for the European Union to act quickly as yet more migrants drown in Mediterranean Sea.

February 5, 2015

African migrant exploited for labour in Italy

By |5 February 2015|

The employers know that they can do what they want with you when you’ve not got your documents.

October 31, 2014

Don’t let migrants drown in Mediterranean, says Caritas

By |31 October 2014|

Each year thousands of migrants board small, unsafe boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea, often to escape violence in their home countries.

Italy remembers migrant boat tragedy

By |1 October 2014|

For the first time since the Second World War, over 50 million people find themselves uprooted from their homes across the globe.

June 16, 2014

Caritas marks Domestic Workers’ Day

By |16 June 2014|

Caritas has campaigned for countries to ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers as this would offer protection from abuses and reinforce the rights of people who work in other people’s homes either caring for family members or cooking or cleaning.
  • If I get my papers I hope to have a bright future because I’m living in Europe,” says Aashif (far right). Credit : Hough/Caritas
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    Strength, courage and confidence on the migrant journey from Bangladesh to Italy

Strength, courage and confidence on the migrant journey from Bangladesh to Italy

By |4 June 2014|

Caritas provides clothes, Italian and geography lessons and some of the food. The migrants should stay in the centre just a few days, but Italy is struggling to find longer-term accommodation for migrants because so many have been arriving.

March 25, 2014

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    Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

By |25 March 2014|

Through a combination of awareness-raising programmes, radio outreach and training, Caritas Nepal is working to prevent human trafficking, unsafe migration and violence against women along some of Nepal's border areas.

February 21, 2014

  • Quand Mihret Mehari est tombée enceinte de sa fille Dagmawit, elle a appris qu’elle pouvait prévenir la transmission du VIH à son enfant en prenant un traitement. À 18 mois, Dagmawit a été soumise à un test de dépistage du VIH donnant un résultat définitif: elle est séronégative.  « Ces dix-huit mois ont été les plus longs de ma vie. J’étais si heureuse et soulagée quand j’ai appris qu’elle n’avait pas le virus ». Photo : Trocaire/Martha Welday
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    Faith-based collaboration is being sought to increase access to HIV treatment

Faith-based collaboration is being sought to increase access to HIV treatment

By |21 February 2014|

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.

Immigrants to Italy face discrimination

By |3 February 2014|

I’ve spoken to many Italians who’ve told me they want their kids to go abroad to work when they’re older, because there are few job opportunities in Italy.

April 22, 2013

Caritas together from all over Italy

By |22 April 2013|

By Ferruccio Ferrante, communications officer with Caritas Italy “Wherever you go, you’ll find Caritas” was the name of Caritas Italy’s conference which looked at issues surrounding migrants, young people, families, people facing life alone and those suffering from addictions. Over 600 people from 161 diocesan Caritas brought with them their own experiences of working with Caritas in Italy and went away having shared and gained greater knowledge and hope. In this time of difficulty when the crisis increases its grip, Caritas is by people’s side all over Italy. In the first six months of 2012, requests for help from Caritas increased by 44.5% compared to the previous year. Caritas finds itself with a great responsibility: how to continue to accompany people in their difficulties. It’s a responsibility that can’t be passed over to someone else because each of us must be a champion of change for the common good. But how can we [...]

The poor and vulnerable side by side with Pope Francis

By |4 April 2013|

Caritas Rome provides accommodation through its shelters to poor and vulnerable individuals needing a place to sleep. Some people staying at the shelters have written the below letter to Pope Francis following Lenten reflections. The letter was presented to the Holy Father by the director of Caritas Rome, Msgr Enrico Feroci. Your Holiness, We are guests at Caritas shelters in Rome. Even though you have been Bishop of Rome for very little time, we feel a sense of respect and solidarity which makes us feel very close to you and gives us the impression that we’ve always known you. The choice of your name and what you say in your speeches which we have reflected on during Lent show us daily the essence of the Christian faith: that God is love. Our difficult situation allows us to know firsthand how important a gesture of solidarity can be and the comfort a hug or [...]

Caritas Italy marks earthquake anniversaries

By |4 April 2013|

Read the original in Italian. It’s nearly four years since an earthquake rocked the Italian region of Abruzzo, reducing the historical town of L’Aquila to rubble. And it’s almost a year since another earthquake struck the north-east of Italy. Caritas Italy has been working side by side with the affected communities since both disasters. The Abruzzo earthquake left almost 300 people dead and tens of thousands homeless when it struck in the middle of the night on 6th April 2009 The diocesan Caritas pitched in immediately to provide the people of Aquila with food, clothes and other essentials in the wake of the earthquake. Beyond catering to the material needs, Caritas Italy also brought spiritual comfort to the shattered communities.

November 15, 2012

Markets of War, by Caritas Italiana

By |15 November 2012|

By Michelle Hough, Caritas Internationalis communications officer What with a police helicopter hovering over the Caritas offices for hours yesterday afternoon, I kept thinking about the film Apocalypse Now rather than writing a blog on Caritas Italiana’s book “Markets of War”*… and it was driving me a bit crazy.

June 18, 2012

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    Migrants brave deserts and shipwrecks to reach safety in Italy

Migrants brave deserts and shipwrecks to reach safety in Italy

By |18 June 2012|

At a migrant centre near the banks of the Tiber River, a Caritas case worker talks about an African woman targeted in her home country for political reasons: Caritas helped her pay her rent in Rome while she got on her feet.

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