September 23, 2014

The family in a time of economic crisis

By |23 September 2014|

At a time when people need more than ever to have a family around them to help cushion the repeated blows dealt by this time of crisis, people are finding themselves increasingly alone and isolated. Even when they have a family, people often don’t feel valued as part of society.

July 9, 2014

“Blossoms of prayer” for the world’s migrants

By |9 July 2014|

Unfortunately rather than creating the conditions for a “globalisation of spirit” where we live in a state of peaceful co-existence and fraternity, we are increasingly experiencing a “globalisation of indifference”.

April 16, 2014

Easter 2014: From the desert to eternal life

By |16 April 2014|

There are times in our lives when we find ourselves lost in the desert and far from home. These are times when we feel fearful, unloved and as though our suffering will never come to an end.

March 5, 2014

Lenten 2014 message: Equality, simplicity and sharing

By |5 March 2014|

Lenten message from Cardinal Oscar Andrès Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis."Each of us can live more simply, consume less, waste less and be more conscious of our choices."

January 31, 2014

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium and Caritas

By |31 January 2014|

Fr. Pierre Cibambo, Caritas Internationalis Ecclesiastical Assistant, writes that Pope Francis makes a renewed appeal for us to seek new ways together to give back dignity to the poor in his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.

December 24, 2013

Advent Appeal 2013

By |24 December 2013|

Caritas Internationalis believes that it is a scandal that nearly a billion people are hungry today in a world that has the resources to feed everyone.

November 28, 2013

  • HAART is an acronym for “Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment”. Scientific research has demonstrated that the administration of such medications among HIV-infected pregnant women is highly effective in blocking the 
transmission of the virus from mother to child as well as prolonging the lives and reducing occurrence of HIV-related illness and premature death both among HIV-infected adults and children.
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    World AIDS Day 2013: Caritas continues the journey in faith and service

World AIDS Day 2013: Caritas continues the journey in faith and service

By |28 November 2013|

Regrettably, people living with or affected by HIV continue to face discrimination, stigma, and even violence. Caritas works toward acceptance and accompaniment of all people living with HIV.

February 20, 2013

Caritas on Lent 2013: Be a life saver

By |20 February 2013| When an emergency hits, getting food, water, protection, healthcare, shelter, care and counselling to people in need is our priority. Making sure that this happens in a coordinated, effective and efficient way is the responsibility of the Caritas Internationalis Emergency Response Team. Whether it is travelling to emergencies in support of local staff, working with them to produce action plans, or mobilising funding and expertise, the Emergency Response Team is key to our lifesaving operations. Caritas Internationalis was set up 60 years ago by the Vatican to organise the humanitarian operations of the Catholic Church. We are trusted by Pope Benedict XVI to continue to deliver this mission. Be a lifesaver. Give to our Emergency Response Fund.

August 6, 2012

Aid worker’s diary: Syrian refugees

By |6 August 2012|

Available in French and Spanish In Lebanon and Jordan, Caritas is helping thousands of refugees who have fled Syria. Communications Officer Laura Sheahen describes four days of visits to Caritas centres where refugees receive food, medical care, and more. Monday morning: Visit Syrian refugees squeezed into tiny apartments in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The parents don’t know how they will make ends meet. They also worry about their children not making friends in their new country. One boy, Salem, says, “People here don’t want to play with us.” Monday afternoon: Travel to tent camps in the Bekaa Valley, near the Syria-Lebanon border. Caritas has distributed food, hygiene materials like soap, and other items to many families in the camps. A man who asks to be called “Jafaar”–most Syrian refugees don’t want their real names known–introduces us to his teenage relatives, whose parents couldn’t escape Syria. He shows us into […]

May 16, 2012

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    Pope Benedict encourages work of Caritas for those most in need

Pope Benedict encourages work of Caritas for those most in need

By |16 May 2012|

Pope Benedict XVI greeted delegates from Caritas Internationalis during his weekly General Audience, encouraging their work for the poor. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga received updated Statutes and Rules and a General Decree from the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on behalf of Pope Benedict on 2 May. The revised Statutes and Rules provide a legal basis reflecting the new standing of Caritas as a ‘public canonical juridical personality’ bestowed by Blessed John Paul II in 2004. The new status formally recognises that Caritas carries out its charitable activities in the name of the Catholic Church and strengthens its working relationship with the Holy See. Cardinal Rodriguez attended the General Audience along with members of the Caritas Internationalis governance bodies, the Representative Council and the Executive Board. “Your presence here today expresses your communion with the Successor of Peter and your readiness to welcome the new juridical framework of your organisation,” [...]
  • Pope Benedict approves new legal structure for Caritas Internationalis
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    Pope Benedict approves new legal structure for Caritas Internationalis

Pope Benedict approves new legal structure for Caritas Internationalis

By |2 May 2012|

Pope Benedict XVI has given his seal of approval via the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to new Statutes and Rules  governing Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organisation for 164 national Catholic aid and development agencies. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga received the new Statutes and Rules and a General Decree during a morning meeting at the Vatican 2 May 2012 with Holy See officials. “This is a day of joy and hope for Caritas Internationalis,” said Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. “Our new Statutes and Rules will modernise our work in delivering humanitarian assistance and development in service to the poor. They will provide us with the framework to carry out our work as part of the mission of the Church.” The revision of the Statutes and Rules began in 2007. They have been updated to reflect Venerable Pope John Paul II granting Canonical Legal Status to Caritas Internationalis in 2004. Caritas Internationalis [...]
  • Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Holy See’s support for Caritas Internationalis.

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    Pope Benedict blesses Caritas Internationalis at its General Assembly

Pope Benedict blesses Caritas Internationalis at its General Assembly

By |27 May 2011|

Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Holy See’s support for Caritas Internationalis in an audience with Caritas delegates from around the world on the last day of the confederation’s 19th General Assembly. Pope Benedict said that “national Caritas agencies are called to continue their vital witness to the mystery of God’s healing and transforming love made manifest in Jesus Christ. The same holds true for Caritas Internationalis, which can rest assured that it will enjoy the assistance and support of the Holy See.” He said, “Only on the basis of a daily commitment to accept and to live fully the love of God can one promoted the dignity of each and every human being.” Delegates from 165 national Caritas organisations from around the world are attending the confederation’s quadrennial General Assembly in Rome this week. “All that you say and do, the witness of your lives and activities, remains important and contributes to the [...]

December 3, 2010

Caritas response to Pope on condoms and HIV and AIDS

By |3 December 2010|

Why should Caritas and other Catholic Church organizations be encouraged by these comments of Pope Benedict XVI?  Comment by Pope Benedict XVI: “the Church does more than anyone else. And I stand by that claim. Because she is the only institution that assists people up close and concretely, with prevention, education, help, counsel, and accompaniment.” Talking Point: The Pope clearly affirms those Catholic Church-related organizations that have been engaged in HIV prevention, treatment, support and care. He acknowledges the urgency of the HIV pandemic and the need to assist people living with or affected by HIV. Does Pope Benedict offer any new insight on the issue of HIV and AIDS?  Comment by Pope Benedict XVI: “There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward [...]

November 21, 2010

Caritas statement on Pope and HIV and AIDS

By |21 November 2010|

  Caritas Internationalis welcomes the Pope’s reported comments on the importance of responding to the HIV pandemic. They are an affirmation of the importance of pastoral sensitivity and compassion in HIV and AIDS prevention. The comments are reported in the book “The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times” due to be published on November 23. In the book, the Pope is quoted as saying that for some individuals – for instance a male prostitute – the use of a condom to prevent HIV infection can be a first step towards assuming moral responsibility and adopting a more human way of living sexuality. He goes on to say that while condoms may reduce the risk of infection, the Church does not regard them as a real or moral solution. Caritas Internationalis works in the prevention of HIV infection and in the treatment and care of those living with HIV and AIDS. Caritas Internationalis [...]

July 7, 2008

Churches warn G8: A billion people may face hunger

By |7 July 2008|

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged G8 leaders to take measures to fight poverty and hunger at a time of soaring food and oil prices. More than 850 million people were already living without enough to eat before the food crisis that began as prices shot up in the early months of 2008. The current food crisis will put at least another 100 million people into the same situation. "Their vulnerability has increased today because of financial speculation and turbulence, with a perverse effect on food and energy prices," Pope Benedict said. "I call for generosity and farsightedness to help take decisions that would relaunch an equitable development process." Noting that some have actually profited from the food crisis, Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, urged G8 leaders to support the creation of competition rules that would regulate international trade, particularly including trade in food. “Trade in food is dominated by a [...]

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