July 1, 2013

  • Permalink Gallery

    “Expect the unexpected” – World Youth Day with Pope Francis

“Expect the unexpected” – World Youth Day with Pope Francis

By |1 July 2013|

What inspires young people to cross continents for a celebration of faith with Pope Francis? Lilian Chan, on line editor for Caritas Australia, tells us about the energy, diversity and unity to be found at World Youth Day. One of the phrases I've most heard during my preparations for WYD is "to expect the unexpected"! I am definitely looking forward to seeing Pope Francis. I've read a few of his addresses, and they have been so amazing and inspiring - he is simple to understand, but has such insight into the world and how we as Catholics fit in. He also shows such love and understanding of humanity when he speaks, which is so different to what we often hear in our world today. The chance to see a pope from Latin America in Latin America will be really amazing. Most importantly, I've decided to go to WYD this year because I [...]

June 17, 2013

Caritas’ bright future following Pope Francis to Brazil

By |17 June 2013|

March 26, 2013

World Youth Day 2013: Participation of young people of Caritas

By |26 March 2013|

Caritas Brazil will hold an international youth meeting on 14th and 15th July in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Young people from Caritas member organisations are also invited to take part in the Missionary Week leading up to WYD.

November 22, 2012

  • Caritas-Internationalis
    Permalink Gallery

    “We are here for change” – GFMD Civil Society Days Statement 2012

“We are here for change” – GFMD Civil Society Days Statement 2012

By |22 November 2012|

August 20, 2011

The hallmark of Christianity

By |20 August 2011|

More than 1000 young people gathered in the parish of the Holy Family in Madrid to hear Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga present his second catechesis at World Youth Day. The same day, Pope Benedict arrived in the Spanish Capital from Rome, Cardinal Rodriguez spoke of the Pope’s message for World Youth Day: “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith.” Caritas Spain looks at what he said. Cardinal Rodriguez said, “Whatever we build must be planned in a way that that when tough winds blow, it isn’t swept away.” “Our lives are constantly put to the test by personal, family and social crises, through relativism and the ethics of convenience which try to uproot us and make us believe that all that which satisfies our personal needs is good. Yet faith isn’t the rational adherence to an ideology but a personal meeting with Christ who lives [...]

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 [...]

A fresh breeze is blowing through Madrid…

By |12 August 2011|

Ana Guirao, Caritas Spain (see below for Spanish) We just had the final press conference in preparation for World Youth Day. They offered us load of figures about the participation, registration, volunteers, costs and the like. Almost half a million people have already registered. We’re really on the home straight. The stage in Plaza de Cibeles – the place where the Pope will be welcomed - is almost up, so are all the structures to hold TV cameras and satellite equipment. Pilgrims have started to arrive and you can see all the volunteers on the streets wearing their green tabards. Madrid has been turned into one big stage in preparation for this festival of faith. This is the right time to celebrate hope. It’s a moment when many tired and disheartened young people will see firsthand that it’s possible to have hope, that love is in each person’s heart and is just waiting [...]

Hola España!

By |8 August 2011|

World Youth Day 2011 kicks off in Madrid on 16th August. Elizabeth Pappalardo and Krystie Tham from Caritas Australia are just two of the hundreds of thousands of young people who will travel to the Spanish capital to celebrate their faith and join in the celebrations. From our experiences at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, we will never forget the pride we felt in being young Australian Catholics. Being witnesses of love and peace through smiles, laughter, singing and dancing as the diversity of cultures and nations came together, was a week we will never forget. World Youth Day is a significant event for young Catholics as the diversity of nations and countries joined under the Catholic Church unite to share their faith. The experience rejuvenates us to spread the gospel of Jesus in our home lands. We are looking forward to being a part of the love and joy shared [...]

We welcome you to Madrid for World Youth Day

By |8 August 2011|

June 20, 2011

Future of peacebuilding conference

By |20 June 2011|

Read about the conference on the blog and see photos on flickr  From southern Sudan and Central America to Congo and Colombia, the Catholic Church is a powerful force for peace and reconciliation This often untold and unheralded dimension of the Church’s mission has not been systematically examined by academics and is often ignored or misunderstood by policymakers. Caritas is co-sponsoring a Catholic Peacebuilding Networking conference from 9.00 – 13.00 on Thursday 30 June at the Christian Brothers’ Casa La Salle, Via Aurelia, 472, Rome. The event is open to the public.  Leading Catholic theologians, ethicists, academics and practitioners will examine the role of Catholic peacebuilders in preventing and resolving conflicts, and reconciling divided societies. Speakers include Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Michel Roy, Caritas Internationalis Secretary General and Maryann Cusimano Love, The Catholic University of America. They will ask what constitutes effective and authentically Catholic peacebuilding, how can [...]

May 27, 2011

Grande finale

By |27 May 2011|

La journée tire à sa fin. La 19e assemblée générale de Caritas Internationalis aussi. Ce midi, rencontre avec le pape au Vatican, Puis, il y a eu l'adoption du message final. Enfin, nous y voilà, les inévitables discours officiels. Il y en a un qui est particulièrement attendu, un discours d'adieu celui-là. Celui de Lesley-Anne Knight, secrétaire générale sortante. Avec beaucoup de dignité, elle a rappelé le chemin parcouru depuis quatre ans. Une certitude: <nous avons pris le bon chemin et nous avons écouté la voix puissante et authentique des pauvres>. Et c'est cette voix qu'elle a tenu à faire entendre dans les grands forums internationaux auxquelle elle a participé. Celui qui la remplacera, Michel Roy, a tenu à la remercier. Plus tôt, lorsqu'interrogé sur les valeurs qu'il défendrait, le nouveau secrétaire général a déclaré qu'il allait aussi <défendre une vision du monde inspirée par la spiritualité des pauvres. Ce qui [...]

The big question: why are we here?

By |25 May 2011|

Moteurs de changement

By |25 May 2011|

Une assemblée mondiale, c'est évidemment un grand nombre de plénières et du travail en ateliers. Et au menu de ces agapes délibératives, il y a inévitablement des rapports à approuver, des états financiers à scruter à la loupe, des plans stratégiques à commenter et à bonifier. Sans com pter ces élections à la direction et ces longues périodes où chaque délégation doit déposer son vote – 128 pays étaient représentés hier lors du vote pour la présidence et la trésorerie – après quoi trois scrutateurs dépouillent, un à un, les bulletins. Heureusement, il y a aussi ces moments où ces gens du terrain rendent compte de ces projets et événements qui façonnent leur quotidien. Il faut entendre Odile Sadou du Niger raconter comment les femmes de son pays répondent à la crise alimentaire. «Nous avons des zones chroniquement déficitaires en nourriture», puisque les 300 ou 400 millimètres de pluie que nécessitent la [...]

Interview with Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP

By |24 May 2011|

Support Caritas