Gone with the wind

Caritas hotel for refugees, Lesbos – Photo: Lefteris Partsalis/Caritas Switzerland
It is summer in Greece and the hot sun whispers ideas for long escapes to the seaside and promenades on the beach. Coffee shops and bars all over the country have already been prepared to welcome the summer season along with the tourists. The hope of a regenerating,...

Hoping for rain in drought-ridden Ethiopia

Tsega Hailu, who is a member of a women's group who received seeds to plant from a Trócaire ADCS project in Tigray, northern Ethiopia
“For everything there is a season and a time for every occupation under heaven: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.” Here in Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, these words from the Book of Ecclesiastes...

Ethiopia food crisis - Ten million people at risk of hunger

Herit clearing stones and plucking weeds - Photo: Nana Anto-Awuakye, CAFOD
CAFOD’s (Caritas England and Wales) World News Manager, Nana Anto-Awuakye visited Ethiopia where ten million people currently face extreme hunger. She met with CAFOD’s partners in the northeast of the country to see how they are trying to tackle the devastating effects of the worst drought the country...
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...

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