Be a Fairtrade pilgrim to Eternal City this Lent

Religious congregations buying fair-trade products making a diference around the world. In this picture, a tea farmer in Uganda Credits: Simon Rawles

Religious congregations buying fair-trade products making a diference around the world. In this picture, a tea farmer in Uganda Credits: Simon Rawles

Millions of people come to Rome every year – 2.2 million went to Papal audiences last year alone. Lent and Easter are particularly important times for people to make a pilgrimage to the Eternal City.

Many would use fair-trade products at home but travelling in a foreign country it’s not so easy. Now there is a solution to that problem.

The Economic Justice Group of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is working group of Unions of Superiors General (USG/USIG).

It’s a group of people from religious congregations based in Rome and also includes Caritas Internationalis.

They’ve just published a booklet “Empowering the poor in the developing world” which contains a rundown of shops in Rome they’ve found selling fair-traded goods.

The guide explains both what religious congregations are doing around the world and how they can make a difference starting with many of their headquarters here in Rome.

But it’s not just for religious. Caritas is encouraging anyone can use it as they head to the Eternal City.

It’s available here for download in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

They’re launching a Lenten appeal to their fellow religious to consider the purchase of some fair-trade products as a concrete expression of solidarity.

Paul Frechette, SM said “Congregations of religious women and men have a tremendous economic power. In using our financial resources for fair-trade purchasing, we participate in the shaping of a just global economy.

“Most of us are overwhelmed by the level of poverty and exclusion in the world. By taking the relatively simple decision to drink or eat a product that guarantees a fair price for a poor person, you are turning the tide against poverty towards a more just and equitable world.”

“Fairtrade” is a growing international trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equality in international trade for the poor. It contributes to sustainability by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

The following is a partial listing of Fair Trade (Commercio Equo) stores or groups in and around the Eternal City:


    Via Arezzo, 6 – 00161 Roma
    Tel./Fax +39 06 44290815

    This source will even provide free delivery on grocery orders of 200 Euros of more. Maybe you can arrange a joint delivery with other generalates in your neighbourhood.

    For other shops in this organization go to:


    Largo Dino Frisullo, in Campo Boario, Testaccio.
    Tel. +39 06 57289246 or +39 06 57300419
    Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 – 20:00; Sunday 10:00 – 19:00. Closed Monday

    This complex consists of a supermarket with organic products, a restaurant, bar, other outlets with Fairtrade products and some meeting rooms.


    There are several Fairtrade shops throughout the city. For more information, see their web-site:


    Via delle Dalie, 11 Ladispoli: 45 minutes by train from Rome (Linea Civitavecchia).
    Tel. +39 06 9913657
    Monday – Saturday, 8:00 to 20:00 (usually closed at lunch time).


    Piazza della Trasfigurazione, 1 (Monteverde) 00151
    Tel: +39 06 5828707
    Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-13:00; 16:30-19:30;Sunday 9:30-13:00
    Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday


    Via A. Serra 77 – 00191 Roma (Corso Francia)
    Tel +39 06 33221125
    Monday 16 – 19.30 T-F 10 -13 and 16 – 19.30


    Bottega di Borgo Pio (Borgo Pio) Via degli Ombrellai, 2 (00193)
    Tel. +39 06 6896177

    Bottega Laurentina, Via della Divisione Torino, 51-53 (00143)
    Tel +39 06 5915784


    Via C. Caneva, 9 (Tiburtina 00159)
    Tel. +39 340 3460664


    Via dei Gonzaga, 34/c (Pisana 00164)
    Tel. +39 06 6032180


    Via Cavour, 35-39, Frascati (RM)
    Tel. +39 06 94010995

Caritas Internationalis

President: Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle
Secretary General: Michel Roy

Caritas Internationalis
Palazzo San Calisto
Vatican City State

Reception Desk: + 39 06 698 797 99
Fax: + 39 06 698 872 37

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

If you need to contact a staff member outside of office hours in a humanitarian emergency, please call + 39 334 359 0700 or email