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.

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."
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    Nine faith photos to inspire hope in Central African Republic

Nine faith photos to inspire hope in Central African Republic

By |10 February 2014|

A human tragedy is unfolding in the Central African Republic. Conflict is tearing its social fabric apart. Christian and Muslim communities are praying for peace and reconciliation.

Caritas says tragedy must end in Syria

By |21 January 2014|

Caritas says international conference on Syria must lead to an immediate ceasefire to end the violence and allow aid to reach people.

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.
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    Save the date! Wave of prayer against hunger on 10th December

Save the date! Wave of prayer against hunger on 10th December

By |19 November 2013|

We invite all of you to set aside at least half an hour at midday on 10th December to be part of our "wave of prayer" which will cross through all continents of the world.

Pope Francis on care for creation

By |30 April 2013|

URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS
Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013

So this is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all Creation and make justice and peace flourish.

Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth! May the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible guardians of Creation.

CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF OUR LORD
Saint Peter’s Square, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 24 March 2013

Let us look around: how many wounds are […]

Prayer for World Migrants Day

By |17 December 2012|

The International Day on 18 December provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to Migrants and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. For copies of the prayer in 18 languages go to: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec

ORACION POR LOS NOMADAS ENTRE FRONTERAS – JORNADA MUNDIAL DE LOS EMIGRANTES (18 DE DICIEMBRE):Este Día Internacional brinda la oportunidad de promover la conciencia sobre las realidades de los migrantes, ampliando la comprensión de los factores sociales, económicos y demográficos que repercuten en los mismos.   Para copias de la oración en 18 idiomas ver: http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec

PRIÈRE POUR CEUX QUI SONT MIGRANTS – JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES MIGRANTS (18 DÉCEMBRE): Cette Journée Internationale offre l’opportunité de promouvoir la conscience des réalités concernant les migrants, en agrandissant la connaissance des procès sociaux, économiques et démographiques qui ont un effet sur elles. Per le copie della preghiera in 18 lingue vai a:  http://jpicformation.wikispaces.com/EN_18Dec

Prayer for Haiti three year after

By |14 December 2012|

On a recent visit to Caritas Internationalis in Rome, Bishop Pierre Dumas, president of Caritas Haiti, offered this prayer for his fellow Haitians who are still suffering following the 2010 earthquake.

Prayer for South Sudan’s one year anniversary

By |4 July 2012|

Prayers for the Family

By |25 April 2012|

International Day of Families on May 15 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly resolution in 1993 and reflects theimportance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase the knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. Our colleagues at the Justice and Peace Commission of  religious men and women have put together a prayer in 18 languages for everyone to use. This is a reflective prayer accompanied by symbolic action. Take it slowly using background music. If possible create a space for a spiral. Mark off 9 positions for candles to be lit as the reflection proceeds.

Call for prayer one year after Great East Japan Earthquake

By |9 March 2012|

By Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan 

On Sunday March 11 this year, it will be one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This earthquake was the most serious disaster involving the whole area of eastern Japan since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which occurred 17 years ago on January 17, 1995. I request that the Catholic churches across the country hold masses and prayer gatherings in commemoration of victims and for the earliest possible reconstruction of the disaster areas.

What happened on March 11, 2011 will never be forgotten in our lifetime. The earthquake, which was huge in size and long in duration, left us astonished. Immediately after that, tragic news was successively received and even those who were not directly hit by the earthquake were also deeply shocked. Especially, the horrific tsunami killed nearly 20 thousand people and caused immeasurable damage. Moreover, the accident […]

World Food Day reflection from Bangladesh

By |12 October 2011|

By Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC, President of Caritas Bangladesh 

One essential aspect of the mystery of the human person is its union of the earthly body and the heavenly soul, a union on earth destined for eternity.

On earth, the body has to be a true home for the eternal spirit; in eternity the soul has to be home of the risen body.

On earth, food assists the body in its essential function to keep “body and soul together” towards the fulfillment of that mystery of the human person.

Thus ‘food security’ is hardly a mere earthly affair, it has eternal overtures.

The Lord’s Prayer is no common petition. It is the prayer for the coming of the Kingdom of God. In it we pray for the “daily bread”, the everyday food of the poor leading to the eternal bread of tomorrow for all.

Scripture refers to food as the basic earthly need:

At creation, no […]

South Sudan: Preparing for independence

By |7 July 2011|

By Kim Pozniak

When I arrived in South Sudan’s future capital Juba yesterday, the joyous preparations for independence were immediately apparent.

Landing at the airport, another passenger pointed out the newly installed lights along the runway to allow for night flights. Everywhere you look there are small signs of progress.

Driving along Juba’s bumpy, dusty roads, you see women cleaning the streets. Signs for the long expected independence have been put up along small storefronts, on crumbling walls and white washed tree trunks.

Spending my first day in Juba, I spoke with many people about their hopes and dreams for the new nation. I want to tell you about two of them.

Taban Benneth, 25, works as a driver for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and plans to see the celebrations firsthand so he can tell his children and grandchildren that he was there when the flag was raised for the first time.

“I’m really happy […]

Prayer and Novena for Republic of South Sudan

By |22 June 2011|

Novena for South Sudan

South Sudan emerges as a new nation on 9 July 2011. The Catholic Church in Sudan is inviting all people of goodwill to take part in nine days of prayer for the future of the new state.

This novena begins on  June 29, 2011 and ends on July 7, 2011.

Day One: Dignity of the Human Person
Day Two: Common Good
Day Three: Rights and Responsibilities
Day Four: Preferential Option for the Poor
Day Five: Solidarity
Day Six: Integrity of Creation
Day Seven: Reconciliation
Day Eight: Subsidiarity or Participatory Government
Day Nine: Peace

Prayer for Republic of South Sudan

God of Mercies,
We thank you for your great love for us.
We ask you to guide all our leaders
in the process of nation building.
Grant them your wisdom, compassion and fortitude.

Loving God,
give us courage to reject ethnic resentment
as well as ethnic conflicts.

Through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita,
help us to overcome hurt, hostility and bitterness in our hearts
so that we become […]

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