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Caritas Germany – Deutscher Caritasverband

The “Deutscher Caritasverband” (German Caritas Association) was founded in 1897. It gave rise to all other Caritas organisations worldwide. In 1916, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Germany declared it officially as the social wing of the Catholic Church in Germany.

After first focusing on social projects in its own country, “Deutscher Caritasverband” later implemented an international department called “Caritas Germany” which is involved in disaster response and supporting social programmes worldwide.

Support for relief and rehabilitation work during and after disasters, support (financially as well as advisory support) of social programmes for disadvantaged children, people with disabilities, for the empowerment of women, for elderly people, various other social programmes and peacebuilding activities in Germany and in 165 countries of the world.

The social work of Caritas in Germany is organised and coordinated by 27 diocesan Caritas organisations guided by its headquarter in the city of Freiburg. Caritas has more than half a million staff working in Germany and about half a million volunteers. The international department of Caritas Germany is working with a staff of about 70.
We work with Caritas partner organisations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Caritas Updates from Germany

  • When ducks swim past your first floor window

When ducks swim past your first floor window

  • 6 June 2013
Flooding is not unusual in Passau, the eastern Bavarian town known as ‘three river city’. The town is located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. It’s accustomed to rising water levels. Homeowners keep sandbags on the doorstep of their house at all times. But what happened last Sunday and Monday was unprecedented.It was a scene that the town has not witnessed since the Middle Ages.
  • Caritas supports victims of flooding disaster in Austria

Caritas supports victims of flooding disaster in Austria

  • 4 June 2013
Caritas offers support to the people in the regions affected by the flooding. “From this moment on the Caritas disaster relief fund is available for emergency aid. Additional to financial temporary measures, the people will also need human support and accompanying assistance during bureaucratic procedures,“ says Franz Küberl, Caritas Austria President.
  • Prayers for victims of German fire tragedy – Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

Prayers for victims of German fire tragedy – Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has expressed the sadness of the whole Caritas family following the tragic fire at a Caritas workshop for disabled people in south western Germany. The fire in the centre in Titisee-Neustadt left 14 people dead and many injured. Speaking from Düsseldorf, Cardinal Rodriguez [...]