Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly is an important moment in the life of the global Catholic humanitarian relief and development confederation.Every four years delegates from 164 member organisations from across the globe travel to Rome for the meeting. During the week, they pray together, hold elections for new leadership and decide the confederation’s strategic direction for the next four years.

Above all, it is a time to come together, listen and share and to strengthen Caritas’ mission to work as one in the fight against global injustice.

The theme of this General Assembly is One Human Family, Caring for Creation – an urgent call of hope that by working together as one humanity we can lift millions of people out of misery and save our planet.



Caritas Internationalis is the official humanitarian and development organisation of the Catholic Church. It’s a confederation of 164 national Catholic aid and development organisations. Member organisations come together every four years for the General Assembly, the highest governing body of the confederation. It’s a unique moment in the life of the confederation and the Catholic Church, bringing together a wealth of different cultures and experiences. The first was held in 1951 and the latest will be the 20th.

What are the aims of the meeting?

Representatives meet to review the previous years’ work and approve a strategic framework and a budget for the next four years. Delegates pray together and celebrate their faith and mission.

The General Assembly elects Caritas Internationalis’ president and treasurer and ratifies the election of the secretary general and two vice presidents. It ratifies the election of the Representative Council, one of the governing structures.

What is One Human Family, Caring for Creation?

One Human Family, Caring for Creation is the theme of the 20th General Assembly and the title for the confederation’s strategic framework for the next four years. Caritas organisations will be focusing on how we can work together better as one world in protecting both people and planet from the impact of climate change, rising inequality and a “globalisation of indifference”.

When and where will it be held?

The event will be held from 12 to 17 May 2015 in Domus Mariae/Palazzo Carpegna and Domus Pacis Torre Rossa Park hotel –which are a five minute walk from each other in the Aurelia area of Rome.

Who attends the General Assembly?

There are two official delegates from each national Caritas member organisation around the world attend the gathering. They are usually – although not always – the president and secretary general of the organisation. Among the delegates will be 50 extra guests representing young people, volunteers, grassroots communities and campaigners against hunger. Vatican officials, religious organisations, governments and other institutions are also invited.

What is Caritas Day?

On 19th May, a special day to mark Caritas’ participation in the EXPO 2015 World’s Fair in Milan will be held. Delegates will travel to the EXPO for this event. Click for more information. The day will also mark the end of Caritas’ campaign One Human Family, Food for All.

For journalists

Parts of the General Assembly will be open to the media with prior arrangements. Interviews with delegates and speakers can also be arranged. Please contact:

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is Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She has worked in the field of the church and development since 1990, both as a researcher and as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. She is the director of the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology (CHART). She has published many articles on HIV and AIDS. She edited the landmark publication, Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain.


is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. He is a professor of economics, a leader in sustainable development and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He has written a number of books, including The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).


is a theologian from Lima, Peru. He has spent much of his life working for the poor and oppressed. Fr Gutiérrez has written over a dozen books including A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation, and hundreds of articles concerning the church’s role in creating social structures of solidarity. Gutierrez holds the John Cardinal O’Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Norte Dame. He has been professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a visiting professor at many major universities in NorthAmerica and Europe. Along with Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Fr Gutiérrez wrote the essay Identity of Caritas’ Mission for the Caritas Theology book Love Received and Given.



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  • Caritas welcomes South Sudan as its 165th member

Caritas welcomes South Sudan as its 165th member

  • 13 May 2015
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