EU Summit Conclusions

EU Summit Conclusions
“We, the Heads of State or Government of the European Union are committed to taking resolute action to address hunger in the world and restore confidence in politics as a tool at the service of humanity. Strong, smart, sustainable and inclusive human development, based on sound solidarity among...

Does Anyone Care if Bangladesh Drowns?

Does Anyone Care if Bangladesh Drowns?
As we in the rich countries continue to pump out greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the poor countries of the world are already living with the devastation caused by climate change. I was in the delegation of Caritas Europa, CIDSE , Caritas Luxembourg and Caritas Bangladesh that visited...

Greece: Extreme right rails against immigrants

 Greece: Extreme right rails against immigrants
For the last two months, Greeks have been trying to decide how the country should function, in or out of the Eurozone, with the shadow of a default on its debts very near. Poverty now touches many more families, both Greek and foreign, as Greece is now in...

EU humanitarian aid is not a crisis management tool

 EU humanitarian aid is not a crisis management tool
Caritas calls on the EU Council for consistency on the implementation of the European consensus on humanitarian aid. Earthquake, war, famine,… when a humanitarian crisis happens, Caritas is there to very rapidly help people. Of course, not only Caritas is available, but many other NGOs, national governments and...

Fiscal Compact vs. Welfare Model

Fiscal Compact vs. Welfare Model
The recently signed European Fiscal Compact seems to be a serious threat to the European social welfare state model. Linking anti-deficit and anti-debt rules in times of crises will just create a vicious circle and lead, according to Austrian experts, all EU countries into the “Greek disaster”. Saving...

Popular soup kitchens and good people

Popular soup kitchens and good people
This is one more piece of information in the crisis: more than 20 % of the population in Greece is unemployed and most immigrants live under the poverty line. The State knows it. The country’s local administration, the churches and the NGOs all know it. And they see...

Live simply

Some months ago I was in London, visiting CAFOD, the English and Welsh Caritas organisation for overseas development. One of the things that touched me was the small house chapel. In the workspace you would not only find this offer of peace to calm down and have a...

Crisis, what crisis?

 Crisis, what crisis?
Rome, 15 November 2011 - This was the title of a vinyl album from a world known band in my youth. Three years ago our world was hit by the deepest economic and financial global crisis of the last 80 years. At first, it was caused by immoral...

June 2011 - A dream not to give up on!

June 2011 - A dream not to give up on!
The Maryam project, Azerbaijan Kateřina Zezulková, from Caritas Czech Republic, has visited the Caritas Azerbaijan education centre Maryam . We are going to follow her journey to this haven of hope for hundreds of kids that have no other wish than to be properly educated without depending on...

You want a degree? Pay for it!

You want a degree? Pay for it!
Kateřina Zezulková, from Caritas Czech Republic, has visited the Caritas Azerbaijan education centre Maryam . We are going to follow her journey to this haven of hope for hundreds of kids that have no other wish than to be properly educated without depending on a "fat wallet" "History...

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