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Current Report: 2013

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By His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, President of Caritas Internationalis and Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis

“Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.”

Pope Francis put the most vulnerable at the heart of his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium and it’s a characteristic of his papacy.

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points,” said the pope. He called on us all to challenge the economic status quo marked by a “globalisation of indifference” and say “no to a financial system which rules rather than serves.”

Caritas promotes Catholic Social Teaching by practising both charity and justice. That’s why Caritas Internationalis has launched a campaign to end hunger worldwide by 2025.

Our ‘One Human Family, Food for All’ campaign against poverty began with a formidable wave of prayer on 10 December. Over 100 national Caritas organisations took part around the world. Thousands of parishes, religious orders and people of faith were involved.

Throughout the campaign, and in so many other ways, we were accompanied by Pope Francis. He asked us to go to the “periphery” to help the poor.

When Super-Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last November, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said to survivors, “You are not alone and will never be alone”.

Caritas Philippines was supported by over 30 different Caritas organisations from around the world. Working together, they reached over a quarter of a million people, making the solidarity that Cardinal Tagle spoke of tangible.

In crises in Syria, the Central African Republic, Darfur, South Sudan and Mali, our staff and volunteers were often a last thin red line protecting and saving people from the chaos unfolding outside.

Speaking about the catastrophe in the Central African Republic, Msgr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, said, “The task is hard, but for God, nothing is impossible.”

With hope, faith and action, we are able to make a difference. Together as one human family, we can turn the globalisation of indifference into a globalisation of solidarity.

Through the Holy Spirit, we can bring about that change.

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