Caritas Europa: Listening to the periphery

Caritas Europa: Listening to the periphery
Elaine Coakley, Jo Fry and I arrived in Lourdes from Scotland and were immediately absorbed into the family that is Caritas Europa. We checked into Cité Saint Pierre, the Catholic centre perched above the pilgrim town where we would eat, sleep, talk and reflect for the four days...
Caritas Ukraine at the Caritas Europe Regional Conference
«United in fraternity for more solidarity in Europe» - this was the slogan of the unique Regional Conference of Caritas Europa held on 23-26 May in Lourdes (France). Traditional place of pilgrimages gathered more than 300 representatives of Caritases from 42 countries of Europe. This meeting was unique...

Investing in children

Children attending the Catholic Children Society's St. Francis family centre - Photo: courtesy from CSAN
Children are not immune from the pressures of modern living: long working hours, material poverty and precarious employment impact upon their parents and families and other adults with whom they interact. Children are like little sponges soaking up the stress and anxiety all around them. From an early...

4 ideas to make something real out of the SDGs

Creativity space at EDD 2016
The European Development Days (EDD) are unarguably one of the most important events on international aid globally. This year was the 10th edition of this event and it was dedicated to “turning Sustainable Development Goals into action”. Although one can easily criticize the format of the event, it...

Laudato Si’ – one year on

Laudato Si’ – one year on
If I had to sum up Laudato Si’ in one word, it would be interconnection. It is an invitation to heal the broken connections between God, humankind and the planet. It is a call to arms to fight for global unity at the most profound level. Pope Francis’...

Data and testimony dossiers (DDTs) from Caritas Italy

Data and testimony dossiers (DDTs) from Caritas Italy
Since January 2015, Caritas Italy has been publishing DDTs, research booklets containing data and testimonies on a specific country. The aim of these DDTs is to focus on serious situations of poverty at international, regional and national level. Starting from the Social Doctrine of the Church, the DDTs...

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...

It is not possible to separate yourself from Caritas

Otilia Sîrbu
Otilia Sîrbu, Director of Caritas Moldova, is saying her goodbyes as she embarks on a new professional journey. After 13 dedicated years with Caritas, she shares her impressions about the development of Caritas Moldova, its major achievements and the challenges it is still facing today. From our side,...

Migration: Where is the problem?

Conny Reuter, Secretary General SOLIDAR
Extraordinary circumstances are in need of extraordinary engagement and determination: this is the leitmotiv of our member organisations with their ten thousand professionals and volunteers, being from CARITAS or SOLIDAR or other civil society organisations working on the ground to tackle the unprecedented arrival of refugees inside and...

Message from Syria

Pascal Al-Kateb, CEO Caritas Syria
Although the war is surrounding us, and it has a bad impact on the life of every Syrian family, we always have hope and believe that Syria is on its way towards peace. A lot of reconciliations between parties are happening in many hot zones since a while,...

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