Women who care

Women who care
School is starting in almost all European countries these days. Looking around in my near environment I notice, once again, that mostly women, mothers, are helping the kids to get prepared, they are buying new clothes and books, they are dealing with the stress of the teenagers. Women...

The Worst Crisis: Hunger

The Worst Crisis: Hunger
In newspapers we read a lot about the financial crisis; how it affects the banks,Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Spain. This is only part of the so called European crisis. We discuss this with friends, relatives, in blogs, on facebook and other social media. And if we care about...

Growth? What Growth?

Growth? What Growth?
Economic growth has become an untouchable paradigm. But in the last decade we have seen that economic growth has existed in parallel with growing inequalities and increasing poverty, sometimes even with increasing unemployment. What growth does Europe want? What is in the centre of European policies: the people...

No u-turn on Schengen

No u-turn on Schengen
Two years ago, my son and I walked the Camino de Santiago. We started from Cologne in Germany. A few days later, we crossed a bridge over the river Moselle and entered the beautiful town of Schengen in Luxembourg without having to go through any border control.It was...

Supporting the Humanitarian Community

 Supporting the Humanitarian Community
Yesterday, Caritas hosted in Brussels the launch of the revised Sphere Handbook, which is the flagship publication of one of the leading quality and accountability initiatives in the sector of humanitarian aid. This day marks an important moment for the humanitarian community. After two years of hard work...

Soy gitano Cigány vagyok Sunt ţigan

Soy gitano Cigány vagyok Sunt ţigan
When I was in the Balkan region, a few weeks ago, I visited a Caritas centre in a Roma quarter. Roma children recited poems and sang songs for me, the foreign guest. I was really touched by their smiles, happiness and goodness. So I forgot to tell them...

'Ganbaro' , the Japanase answer to earthquake tragedy

 'Ganbaro' , the Japanase answer to earthquake tragedy
In the light of the tragic events that hit Japan, the Secretary General's blog gives this space to Fr. Daisuke Narui, Executive Director of Caritas Japan. In Sendai City, there are people sleeping in shelters whose houses didn’t collapse in the 9.0 magnitude earthquake on 11 March. The...

Building the "earhly city"

Building the "earhly city"
Last week, I visited Kosovo. There, I met lovely people who are doing great things. During my stay, I learned more about Mitrovica. This city is divided not only by the river Ibar but also by the wounds of the war that split the town into a Serbian...

Be hands on – create a cooperative

 Be hands on – create a cooperative
I must say that it is a bit depressing all these weeks, and months and even years hearing about the crises here and there, reading how people are protesting. Well, that is not the way to build on the society of the present and future. Some people join...

Christmas, Family and Smiles

 Christmas, Family and Smiles
Christmas is coming, friends. Enjoy the next days with your family and friends and remember the most important thing: the innocence of a poor child that came and keeps coming every year to bring us a Good News. When we look at a new born child we all...

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