Yusra the swimmer and Soha the hairdresser, stories of empowerment from the island of Lesvos
The Greek authorities officially state that there are now around 60,000 migrants and refugees in Greece. Most of those on mainland arrived from the Turkish coast before 20 March, the day on which the agreement between the EU and Turkey started to be implemented. After this date, those...
Teens trafficked for criminal purposes - picture courtesy of Express co uk
Trafficking is evolving. Inventive criminal minds are managing to step deeper and deeper into our communities to “fish out” their most vulnerable members. New forms of trafficking and exploitation for criminal activities are appearing in Eastern Europe, and more particularly in Lithuania. It affects mostly men. Groups of...

Pope visit to Armenia: Gyumri under a spell of magic

Pope visit to Armenia: Gyumri under a spell of magic
Pope Francis paid a 3 day-long visit to Armenia from 24 to 26 June. During those days, he travelled to Gyumri, in the province of Shirak, where the majority of Catholics live and where Caritas Armenia has its head-quarters. Marina Bazayeva, PR and Communication officer at Caritas Armenia,...

The "Jungle" in Calais - a limbo made in EU

Jungle in Calais - Bikes are very important to move in and out the camp - Picture: Courtesy of Caritas Internationalis
Four square kilometers of sand. An immense pool of mud when the rain pours down. Insufferably hot when the sun shows up. Freezing to death when winter arrives. Welcome to the “jungle” of Calais. Some 6,000 people live there. In tents, in shackles, in anything that can keep...

CDF stories: The case of Caritas Armenia

CDF stories: The case of Caritas Armenia
Caritas Armenia was one of the first member organisations to take part in this new approach to solidarity that is called the Caritas Development Fund (CDF). In order to be able to access this financial and fraternal support, they designed a three-year organisational development (OD) plan, whose implementation...

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’...

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