Conflict in Syria

By |26 April 2012|

An uprising against the Syrian government and the President Bashar al-Assad has left 9000 people dead since fighting broke out in March 2011. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes. Many have sought safety in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, others remain in Syria. Conditions within Syria and for the refugees who have fled are bleak. They need food, shelter and medical assistance. Children need educational support and adults don’t have access to employment. Caritas staff members are providing aid both within Syria and to those refugees who have fled in Jordan and Lebanon. Caritas Turkey is also willing to respond. Pope Benedict’s Holy Thursday Mass collection went to Caritas Syria for humanitarian assistance to Syrian’s forced from their homes because of the conflict. "Particularly in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for [...]
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    Caritas pays tribute to champion of migrants in Rome, killed in traffic accident

Caritas pays tribute to champion of migrants in Rome, killed in traffic accident

By |16 April 2012|

Caritas friend and colleague Lê Quyên Ngô Ðình died this morning in a traffic accident in Rome when her vehicle was involved in collision with a school bus. She was 53. Lê Quyên led Caritas Rome’s work with migrants and had a wider role influencing Caritas policy on migration at an international level. She was well known across the Caritas confederation. Colleagues from across the world remembered her for her dedication to the poor. Caritas Internationalis Director of Policy and Advocacy Martina Liebsch worked closely with Lê Quyên. She said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and with the staff of Caritas Rome. “Lê Quyên was a refugee herself. Her own experiences always showed in the love and hard work she showed towards other refugees she helped. She was motivated by great faith, by courage, hard work and by speaking truth to power. She was a […]

Caritas responds to winter emergency in Eastern Europe

By |1 March 2012|

Severe winter conditions have left hundreds of thousands isolated in Eastern European villages, without access to food and basic services. Thousands of families are facing great difficulties in assuring proper living conditions, especially heating, in their homes. There is also a high risk of floods following the period of cold weather and heavy snowfall. Caritas members throughout Europe have joined forces to help 2700 affected people in Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. Families will receive items like food packages, hygienic kits, bedding, firewood, and more. Read about the response

U-turn Ukraine: There’s no place like home

By |27 February 2012|

Oxana had left Ukraine to join her husband. He had gone to Brussels to look for work after being made redundant and with the lack of job opportunities at home.

Northern Uganda: Rebuilding Lives, Creating Futures

By |23 February 2012|

This film tells the story of a small community of 16 families that were forced to rebuild their lives following an attack by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in 2004. It is a story of hope.
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    As the crisis in Greece worsens, Caritas helps Athens’ immigrants

As the crisis in Greece worsens, Caritas helps Athens’ immigrants

By |17 February 2012|

Caritas Greece is working hard to help people who are suffering from the country’s financial difficulties. At a refugee centre for immigrants living in and near Athens, Caritas serves 300 meals a day, offers Greek and English lessons, provides vaccinations for children, and gives out relief kits with clothes, blankets and baby milk.

Will street children in Ukraine survive the cold?

By |16 February 2012|

Caritas Ukraine continues to tackle the increasing number of homeless children, one of the country’s biggest sociological problems, who are now facing a harsh winter.

Tackling human trafficking

By |13 February 2012|

Throughout the world, criminals exploit poor or desperate people. Traffickers offer them jobs that don’t exist and take them from their homes before selling them into unpaid prostitution, beggary, or forced labour.
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    In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

In Haiti’s Port-au-Prince, Cordaid is helping communities to reinvent their neighbourhoods

By |23 December 2011|

Around 100 families like Bénisette's have benefited from Cordaid's assistance in rebuilding or repairing their houses. Henk Meijerink is head of the shelter building programme at Cordaid. "More than 2,000 families are affected in Villa Rosa.
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    As winter sets in, Caritas Turkey helps quake victims stay warm

As winter sets in, Caritas Turkey helps quake victims stay warm

By |28 November 2011|

Caritas Turkey continues to help people made homeless by two earthquakes in the east of the country. After a second quake struck in early November, thousands of buildings slightly damaged by the October quake became uninhabitable. Many of the residents of the city of Van have fled to other parts of Turkey, but those without means to flee have stayed behind, in many cases without proper shelter or heating. “Van is a very poor area, and right now the temperate is dropping to -12 C at night,” says Belinda Mumcu of Caritas Turkey. “There are thousands of people living in the cold, staying in overcrowded tents.” “There is a general distrust of buildings, and so people are staying outdoors,” she continues. “Our Caritas field team notices that even in villages without any significant damage, the inhabitants camp outside.” Caritas initially distributed diapers, baby food, plastic sheets, coats for children, and […]

Caritas team heads to Turkey quake site

By |24 October 2011|

Read in French Update from Caritas Turkey team : The earthquake that hit Van region last Sunday was very severe. The region is not easily accessible, so transportation and distribution of aid items is complicated. Many people lost their homes and at night the temperature drops below zero. We already sent 1200 sleeping bags that we had in stock. As a first response, we will send blankets, coats, plastic sheeting and other items. We’ll do an assessment to understand the needs in the villages, and will continue closely monitoring developments. --- A Caritas Turkey team is en route to a region that was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday. The quake, which occurred in an eastern province of Turkey, killed over 200 people in cities there and brought down dozens of buildings. Caritas will assess the needs of people whose homes or livelihoods have been impacted by the quake. Access to the area’s [...]
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    The Guardian highlights work of Caritas Rome’s migration centre

The Guardian highlights work of Caritas Rome’s migration centre

By |7 October 2011|

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The foundations of faith

By |18 August 2011|

Caritas Internationalis president, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has given the first of three catecheses at World Youth Day in Madrid. The theme of all the catecheses is “That each of us uses what we receive to serve others.” Caritas Spain looks at the first catechesis.

World Youth Day inaugural mass

By |17 August 2011|

By Ana Guirao, Caritas Spain The heat didn’t stop thousands of young people coming to Plaza de Cibeles to take part in the inaugural mass for World Youth Day. Even though the celebration was starting at 8 in the evening, young people started to arrive from midday onwards. Young people with their country flags came from all corners of the city to converge on the square. Cardinal Antonio Maria Rauco, Archbishop of Madrid, welcomed the young people. He then gave a homily in which he said, “Do you accept the wonderful and beautiful challenge of “the new evangelisation” of your young peers? Answer him yes, remembering that vibrant and brave call of John Paul II in the homily on Monte del Gozo on the 20th of August, 1989: “Do not be afraid to be saints! Let Christ reign in your hearts! Answer him yes with a complete hope and a generous opening to the [...]

Caritas Australia team in Madrid for World Youth Day

By |17 August 2011|

We feel privileged to be here in Spain, being witnesses of hope and joy through our faith. It is wonderful to meet so many people from around the world and to be part of the vibrant celebrations that bring us together.

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