Il coraggio non trema

Il coraggio non trema
It’s a sunny winter day. We are waiting close to the road beside some containers: it is the bar. On the other side of the road a highly damaged house. Uphill we see drawn on the blue sky the castle and the remainings of Arquata del Tronto. The...

Pope Francis, Europe and Caritas

Photo: CatholicNews.ie
Pope Francis received last Friday, 6th of May, the Charlemagne Prize, an award that honours those who contribute to European unity. He was awarded the prize because he believes in Europe, this family of people who should be committed to the common good. Pope Francis’ speech is worth...

Among Jordanians

Among Jordanians
We Europeans have the natural tendency to see things in the European way. Well, maybe it’s not just European, but very human to always see ourselves at the centre of world happenings, to think of our own social, cultural and political codes as the normal ones, even the...
Building a sustainable future: Which economic policies are needed in order to ensure competitive and fair societies?
We’re past the halfway mark of the Europe 2020 strategy and far from reaching the targets. Today, and due to the austerity measures, around 5 million people more live in poverty than only five years ago. In Caritas, in our local social services and parishes we observe, backed...

This crisis has solutions, this is ours

Syrians and other refugees are crossing the sea from Turkey in perishable plastic boats
The root causes of migration have probably been the most underestimated/worst handled issue by European leaders. For decades, regular waves of migrants and asylum seekers have risked their lives using ever riskier routes to arrive to the European Union. They arrived from West Africa to the Canary Islands;...

World Humanitarian Day

Photo: by NASA
Today we celebrate the World Humanitarian Day. I cannot but to acknowledge the dramatic challenges we are facing in this field. And therefore I encourage you all to do the same. The World is witnessing an overwhelming increase in the number of people forced to leave their homes,...

Greeurope: a new approach is needed now

Greeurope: a new approach is needed now
I can’t hide my double feeling of strong opportunity and deep concern about Greece and the whole European project. The latter has never been so much at risk to fail as it is now, and at the same time it has never been at a more incredible moment...

Friendship and the meaning of Lent in our times

Friendship and the meaning of Lent in our times
Some days ago three friends met for lunch. One was a priest serving the European bishops, the second one was a Dominican father and the third one a Caritas person. They started to talk about Lent in current times. And they got so deeply engaged in the discussion...

Why should Europe care more about family?

Why should Europe care more about family?
Ahead of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Family, Caritas Europa would like to invite you to a reflection on the value of family , based on Caritas grassroots experience and our advocacy positions. Family reunification fosters resilience of migrant communities. Despite the fact that the EU...

Lampedusa tragedy: Rejecting the globalisation of indifference

The image of hundreds of coffins of the children and adults that perished off the coast of Lampedusa is still fresh in my eyes while I am writing these lines. The Caritas family mourns this unnecessary loss of lives . What happened in Lampedusa was avoidable. Caritas Europa...

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