Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social – Caritas Colombiana
“A faith that isn’t transformed into love, service and assistance cannot be called faith,” Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia.
Established in 1956 as the “coordinator of Catholic social assistance work”, Caritas Colombia, a member of the Caritas network, joined forces with other ecclesial organisations and movements to respond to the needs of that time. It currently consists of 77 dioceses, and has 140 national staff.
In 1977 the Bishops’ Conference grouped these various initiatives together and created the Secretariado Nacional de Pastoral Social, with a view to focusing efforts on sustainable, solidarity-based, integral human development, in the light of the Gospel and in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Church.
Caritas Colombia implements actions almost everywhere in the country, within these areas of operation: solidarity aid; peacebuilding; human rights and international humanitarian law; integral human development and solidarity; research; training and advocacy.
“Peace Week” is an event that is traditionally celebrated each year in the second week of September since 1988. This important initiative is an arena that seeks to raise the visibility of processes and the efforts of thousands of people and civil society organisations that are striving to achieve peace and peaceful transformation of conflicts, and to build initiatives that dignify life.
“Yes to life, let’s agree to peace and build coexistence” is the Peace Week slogan.
Caritas Colombia maintains close ties with Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD), Secours Catholique (Caritas France), Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), Caritas Scotland (SCIAF), Caritas Netherlands (CORDAID), Caritas Switzerland, Caritas Luxembourg, Caritas Germany, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Spain and Caritas Italy.
Caritas Updates from Colombia
The conflict between the Colombian government and armed Marxist guerrillas that began in the mid 1960s has left over 4.2 million people as refugees in their own country. Caritas Colombia has launched a new report on human rights in the country. Peace talk between the Colombian government and the guerrilla movement FARC are now taking place in the Cuban capital, Havana
Read a report on the issues around unsustainable mining in Colombia prepared by ABColombia, an advocacy group which includes Caritas member organisations Sciaf, Trócaire and Cafod.
The Caritas Working Group for Colombia says the human rights situation in Córdoba continues to be critical.
Caritas Colombia Info
|Postal Address||Cr 58 N°. 80-87,
Barrio Entre Ríos,
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