May 24, 2011

Le rapport du président

By |24 May 2011|

«Nous ne pouvons accepter qu’un seul de nos frères et de nos soeurs doive continuer de vivre dans l’extrême pauvreté – encore moins un milliard d’entre eux», a tonné le président de Caritas Internationalis, le cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga. Dans son rapport présenté lors de la 19e assemblée générale de cette confédération, il a rappelé qu'elle fête cette année son 60e anniversaire. «Pendant six décennies, Caritas Internationalis a vécu l’option préférentielle pour les pauvres, répondant à la souffrance humaine dans un monde injuste et inéquitable par l’amour et par des gestes concrets.» Il reconnaît que, durant cette période, de grands progrès ont été réalisés dans les domaines du développement international et de l’éradication de la pauvreté. Mais nombre d'améliorations ont été mises à mal, en 2008, lorsqu'a éclaté la crise financière et économique dont les répercussions «se feront sentir pendant des années encore». Pour le cardinal, un «monde qui repose sur [...]

There’s something about Caritas

By |23 May 2011|

Réflexions théologiques

By |23 May 2011|

de François Gloutnay Prédicateur de la Maison pontificale, le capucin Raniero Cantalamessa, a rappelé combien il avait été ému lorsque, présent dans un pays du Sud, il avait croisé tous ces enfants en haillons et vu des gens courir après des bennes à ordures en espérant y trouver de quoi survivre. «Je suis devenu  sans voix, j'ai perdu mon souffle, en me disant ceci est le Seigneur. La personne pauvre, c'est précisément Jésus qui marche dans le monde, incognito», a-t-il lancé. Le père Cantalamessa menait la réflexion théologique, en ce lundi matin, à Rome, lors de la 19e assemblée générale de Caritas Internationalis. Il a ensuite souligné que «tous ceux qui aiment leurs voisins et leurs prochains n'aiment pas nécessairement le Christ. Mais tous ceux qui aiment le Christ, aiment leurs prochains». Le cardinal Peter Turkson, président du Conseil pontifical Justice et Paix, a poursuivi sur cette question: «Qui est mon prochain?». [...]

Début de la 19e assemblée générale

By |22 May 2011|

de François Gloutnay C'est dans moins d'une heure que débutera officiellement, à Rome, la 19e assemblée générale de Caritas Internationalis. Déjà quelque 300 participants et participantes sont présents dans les corridors du centre de congrès Domus Mariae Palazzo Carpegna. Le président de Caritas Internationalis, le cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga, prononcera l'allocution d'ouverture. Elle sera suivie par un discours du cardinal Robert Sarah, président du Conseil pontifical Cor Unum. La confédération Caritas accueillera aujourd'hui cinq nouveaux membres, soit Caritas Mongolie, Caritas Vietnam, Caritas Suède, Caritas Monaco et Caritas Samoa. L'organisme compte dorénavant 165 membres et représente les agences et bureaux de secours humanitaire et de développement social des conférences épiscopales nationales du monde entier.
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    Trainspotting at the Vatican for Caritas’ 60th anniversary

Trainspotting at the Vatican for Caritas’ 60th anniversary

By |22 May 2011|

By Michelle Hough, Caritas Communications Officer 21st May 2011 Of all the things you can do at the Vatican on a Saturday morning, catching a train isn’t usually one of them. In fact, apart from a few Popes, not many people have ever travelled on the Vatican railway – the shortest in the world. But there I was at 8am this morning showing my pass to the Swiss guards and heading up behind St Peter’s to the Vatican Station. Thanks to big a helping hand from Ferrovie dello Stato – Italian State Railway – and the Vatican, Caritas has been able to kick off its 60th birthday celebrations in style. Vatican officials, ambassadors, families, and of course, train enthusiasts, joined people from Caritas organisations from Europe, America, Asia and Oceania for a steam train trip to Orvieto in Umbria. The locomotive that would take us on our trip was a big, shiny, black [...]

September 22, 2010

Synod for Middle East can bring communities together

By |22 September 2010|

Caritas says the upcoming Synod for the Middle East can help divided communities come together for the region’s poorest people. The Synod will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. It is the first synod dedicated specifically to the Middle East. Church leaders will discuss problems ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off and conflict in Iraq, to radical Islamism, the economic crisis and the divisions among the region's many Christian churches. “The Synod presents an opportunity to assess the social, as well as the religious situation in the region,” said Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. “It can give Christians a clear vision of the significance of their presence in Muslim societies and their role and mission in the countries in which they live,” she said. “It is urgent to find new ways to work towards peace in this troubled part of the world. This is of vital importance not only [...]

Middle East Synod a symbol of peace

By |22 September 2010|

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops will take place in Rome from 10 to 24 October. Caritas hopes the Synod can build bridges between faiths in a region wracked by conflict. Caritas will be represented at this event by representatives from the Middle East, sharing their practical experience in this fragile region. Read more on the Synod and Caritas: Interview with Joseph Farah, President of Caritas MONA: Middle East: a testing ground for the spirit of reconciliation Interview with Naguib Khouzam, General Supervisor of Caritas Egypt’s SETI Centre and Professor of Educational Psychology at Ain Shams University: Foster quality and transparency in charity work Caritas press release: Synod for Middle East can bring communities together Lesley-Anne Knight speech to Caritas MONA Regional Forum July 2010:  (Middle East and North Africa) Implications for Caritas of the Instrumentum Laboris of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod [...]

August 26, 2010

Female face of migration conference in Senegal

By |26 August 2010|

Caritas Internationalis is organising a conference on “The Female Face of Migration” in Saly, Senegal 30 November to 2 December 2010 in cooperation with Caritas Senegal. The aim of the conference is to better understand the phenomenon of the ‘feminization of migration’, which describes the increasing percentage of women migrating. Caritas Internationalis Director of Policy Martina Liebsch said, “More women are migrating independently from their families. The demand for workers in female-dominated sectors, such as in domestic work and healthcare, in countries of destination is increasing. Migration policies have not adjusted to this trend. “There is no systematic global understanding on how to assess the impact of emigration and immigration policies on men and women. No globally agreed “code of conduct” exists to ensure migration is a safe informed option for earning a living. Little support is available on how to assist families separated by migration.” Caritas members, migration experts and academics will [...]

October 15, 2009

Fight Paediatric HIV and TB

By |15 October 2009|

Securing Better Access to Early Testing and Treatment for Children Living with HIV or HIV/TB Co-Infection and to Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV. 14 - 16 October 2009 | Programme (English) » | Programme (Italiano) » | Invitation » In poor countries, some children with HIV and TB don’t stand a chance at life. Children may die because they are not diagnosed in time. Even with a timely diagnosis, children’s lives are at risk because treatment is too expensive or not adaptable to a poor setting, or else it is not available in a child friendly format. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Caritas Internationalis is organising a conference to gather together experts to discuss the need to improve and expand access to testing and treatment for children living with HIV and TB. The conference aims to build on the foundations laid down by Caritas Internationalis’ HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral [...]

September 26, 2009

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    Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: A view from Poznan and India

Imagine a world for tomorrow’s generation: A view from Poznan and India

By |26 September 2009|

A view from Poznan  Grow Climate Justice Campaign was launched on 7 December in Poznan. “People in countries such as Bangladesh are totally dependent on the weather,” Bishop Theotonius Gomes C.S.C, Bishop of Dhaka and President of Caritas Bangladesh said at the launch. “Our agriculture, and hence our whole culture, is based on water from the rains and rivers. Changed rainfall patterns, harsher storms and longer droughts are already costing lives and livelihoods,” he said. “We have seen a rapid increase in the need for relief efforts. Within the next 10 years there will be 200 million climate refugees, of which 25 percent, 50 million, could be from Bangladesh.” A mass was held in Fara Church in the Old Market Centre. Children from the local parish brought up offerings to the altar, which included a plant, some soil and water to symbolize the elements of the Earth. In the end, the conference in [...]

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