human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Monaco, where churches and Caritas remain open!

Niched away in the south of France, on the French Riviera, lies the Principality of Monaco, a tiny country of barely 2 km2 with some 39.5 thousand inhabitants. The Archdiocese Monaco has the smallest national Caritas in the world. Despite these difficult and delicate times, Caritas Monaco is not closing shop either!

Even in Monaco that probably ranks first or second in the global ‘per capita average income’ list, there are lonely people who have to come by with very little and who need special attention. Among them, notably elderly and children. We try, always, to be close to the smallest and the neediest people.  Unfortunately, these days the collection of toys, clothes, food and sanitary items that we usually ensure for our Italian sister organisation Caritas Vintimilia, that supports migrants and other people in need, had to stop, but our Sainte Dévote parish remains open and active. That is where our Caritas centre is, where we welcome the people most in need and where we give them vouchers for the local supermarket. When available, we also give the people sandwiches and drinks. Here in our Principality, we are lucky enough to be able to keep our churches open too, only to close them when filming the Holy Eucharist, which is then streamed on social media every day!