Current Report: 2015
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By His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
“For all our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love.” Pope Francis, Laudato Sì, On Care for our Common Home.
In 2015, we were called to open our eyes by Pope Francis and to become visionaries of a future that is centred on love and compassion. In his encyclical letter Laudato Sì, the Pope called for us to renew and strengthen our relationship with humanity, the environment and with God.
No vision can be accomplished without a plan. In 2015, the Pope urged world leaders to assume their responsibilities and put the good of all, rather than the interests of the few, at the centre of the global development agenda.
The Holy Father has united us all of us to open our eyes and transform our hearts and lifestyles in a process of universal communication and examination of conscience.
At our 2015 general assembly, in harmony with the Pope’s call the Caritas confederation adopted the strategic vision of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation” for the next four years.
Outgoing president, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, said at the assembly: “As a confederation we have a wealth of material, human and spiritual resources to fight all the global injustices and crises that the world can throw at us….”. We will miss his drive and vision!
The challenges as the world stood in 2015 were indeed massive. There were more refugees in the world that at any time since World War 2. The wealthiest 1 percent of the population owned more than the rest of the world put together. Climate change passed like the angel of death over the poorest and most vulnerable communities and left devastation.
Our work on the root causes of poverty took us to the UN General Assembly in September where we continued to ensure the voices of the poor were heard in the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals. Caritas was out in force at the COP21 climate summit, which was a key step towards protecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and towards the “ecological conversion” we have been called to undertake.
Our most pressing task now is to go to ‘peripheries’ and to make the vision of a unified humanity in which no one is left behind a reality.
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