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Caritas and Peacebuilding

Caritas and Peacebuilding

Making and maintaining peace are not easy jobs. There are many hurdles along the way and a conflict being transformed into peace can quickly reignite.

Caritas believes deeply in peace building and invests in both practical and spiritual conflict prevention and resolution programmes to save lives and developmental gains. There is a growing urgency to this important work. Increasing inequality, high food prices and climate change will add to the competition for scarce resources and stoke conflicts. The scarcity and misuse of land can also pit communities and countries against each other.

Caritas tackles the root causes and brings communities together to make peace. It trains parish workers and volunteers in reconciliation and peacebuilding, providing them with the tool-kits and equipment – even down to bicycles! – to do the job.

Caritas thinks ahead, helping local communities alongside displaced ones to prevent conflict beginning between the two. Caritas provides skills training, education and housing – helping people get back home together, back to working and learning. Above all, Caritas changes attitudes to stop the embers of conflict becoming the flames of war.

Caritas Updates on Peacebuilding

  • Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

Syria conference must invest in future for refugees

  • 3 April 2017
Caritas agencies call on western countries to do more to help fleeing Syrians, as more than five million people have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries.
  • Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

Caritas remembers its patron saint Blessed Oscar Romero

  • 24 March 2017
Blessed Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while celebrating the Eucharist on March 24, 1980. Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Archbishop of San Salvador and President of Cáritas El Salvador reminds us of his legacy.