Dear friends,

In Caritas we act. We exist to help people in need, we are witnesses of the pain of many people, all over the world. We see and listen to their struggles and we want to accompany them on their journey. Their journey to a more integral human development becomes our journey. Our action concentrates on their needs, driven by our Christian faith. For this reason we want to reflect on our action in the light of the Gospel and of the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.

This web platform is to share with many people our inspiration and the reflections on what we are doing. Caritas volunteers, staff and leaders at all levels are invited to share their faith-based reflections on their concrete daily endeavours. Theologians, those close to Caritas, are also invited to put their theological competence at the service of the reflection of those engaged in Caritas activities. We want to build a bridge between Caritas praxis and the Theology of Charity, the Catholic Social Thought. Our aim is to strengthen the theological competence within Caritas in Europe, engaging in the dialogue between faith and action. We feel the need to let the world know what we stand for, as we want to be present in the heart of human society, in the suffering part of it, from a gospel perspective, bringing the love of God to the poor.

+ Luc Van Looy
Bishop of Ghent
President of Caritas Europa

Theological Reflections

Caritas Testimonies

CST Theory and Principles

Selected Resources

This platform provides a space for in-depth interdisciplinary and ecumenical reflection. The focus is on the relationship between the Catholic Church’s praxis and the social thought coming from various Caritas organisations. It allows for practical and academic exchange on how to better develop this relationship for the mutual benefit of all. The platform is designed around concrete urgent social themes, offering serious, respectful and innovative reflections on bridging religious praxis and contemporary societies. Faith and Action offers a forum for the voices of diverse people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It offers concrete examples, records current research and assesses the relevant literature.

The opinions expressed in the articles here are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of Caritas Europa.