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Congo Republic
Caritas Congo Brazzaville

Caritas Congo is the expression of the charity of the Catholic Church in Congo, aimed at building a fairer and more fraternal society. It operates under the mandate of the Bishops’ Conference of Congo via the Episcopal Commission for Charitable Work.
The origins and raison d’être of the mission of Caritas stem from the Gospel and the Church’s Social Teaching. Charity is the foundation if its primary mission. Pastoral care is the necessary means for bearing the witness that contributes to the conversion of hearts in order to transform society.

The everyday actions of Caritas Congo are entirely based on compassion for the poorest. This is expressed through a commitment to promote justice and human dignity, which thus helps our society to always put humankind at the centre.

The vision of Caritas is to promote a culture of justice, love, peace and well-being for all people who are in need. Like the Good Samaritan, it acts with compassion on behalf of those who are suffering.

The national coordinating body supervises nine diocesan Caritas: Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, Nkayi, Kinkala, Owando, Ouesso, Gamboma, Dolisie and Imfondo. Thanks to these dioceses, Caritas Congo has a presence in the remotest parts of Congo.
In addition to coordination, its mandate includes provision of support, advice and accompaniment to diocesan Caritas and other charity organisations affiliated to Caritas Congo. It also organises emergency interventions, as well as searching for and mobilising partners and resources for the benefit of the Caritas Congo network.

Its mission is to bear witness to God’s love (Acts 1:8) by working for the integral promotion of the human person giving priority to the poor and marginalised, through emergency, assistance and self-care actions, without any discrimination on ethnic, religious, cultural or political grounds.

Areas of operation
Caritas Congo provides support, advice and accompaniment to the diocesan Caritas.

Caritas Congo initiates and carries out actions aimed at multi-sectoral development.

Caritas Congo participates in projects aimed at assisting any people who are in distress.

Caritas Congo takes part in the management of human and natural disasters.

In partnership with the Episcopal Catholic Education Commission (CEEDUC), Caritas carries out educational actions.

Caritas Congo supports healthcare activities on behalf of the poorest via its network of diocesan drugstores, rehabilitation centres, and community and urban health centres.

Partners: United Nations agencies (WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, FAO, UNDP); the European Union; embassies such as those of France, the USA and Japan; the World Bank via government programmes; International Partnership for Human Development (IPHD); Secours Catholique (Caritas France); Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Caritas Spain; and Caritas Cuenca.

Local partners: the Government, County Councils, Triangle Génération Humanitaire. See our website for further information.

Caritas Updates from Congo Republic

  • Expulsions from Congo and Angola cause humanitarian crisis

Expulsions from Congo and Angola cause humanitarian crisis

  • 1 March 2010
Some arrive barefoot, others in rags and all of them exhausted and without possessions. Tens of thousands of people are suffering hunger, disease and hardship as Congo and Angola take part in a tit-for-tat immigration quarrel involving mass expulsions.
  • Six million dead in Congo’s war

Six million dead in Congo’s war

  • 24 February 2010
Over six million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.


Caritas Congo Republic Info


Address CIO – Centre Interdiocésain des Œuvres
République du Congo
Postal Address B.P. 1588
République du Congo
Telephone +242 05 366 67 15
Fax +242 05 366 67 15