Sirpa Pietikäinen
The urgency with which we need to try to halt climate change cannot be underestimated. Scientists have modelled the exponential rate at which climate change is advancing. And all evidence shows that it is advancing much faster than we had predicted. The melting of permafrost and of Artic...

A Paint Brush’s stories…

Evi Photopoulos and kids from Athens
With the guidance of the well-known contemporary visual artist Mrs Evi Photopoulos, children beneficiaries of the Caritas Hellas Social Spot in Vathis square travelled for a week (25-29 June) in the world of painting. Through colours and words, they gave shape to the world they dream of. The...

Ruchika's story

#whatishome
Home to me is to feel safe and where I can be myself. Ruchika, 26 years, India. My name is Ruchika (26). I came to Brussels a little over three years ago to work for a bank. I fell in love with the working culture, the friendliness and...

Maša's story

#whatishome
Home to me is where my friends are, where the sun shines, where I can be my true self. Maša, 29 years, Croatia. I was born in Croatia but grew up in Slovenia and the Czech Republic. My studies predominately focused on European and International Relations, hence moving...
“If you want to move something, you have to move!” – Caritas in European exchange
“A family of peoples” – These were Pope Francis’ words describing Europe in his address on the awarding of the 2017 Charlemagne Prize. He invited us “to broaden our horizons” in order to “promote an integration that finds in solidarity a way of acting, a means of making...

Alidad’s way

Alidad Shiri
Alidad Shiri, a young Afghan refugee, was just 10 years old when he was forced to leave his country and start alone a four-year journey to Europe. He is now 25 years old and is about to graduate in philosophy at the University of Trento. Alidad was born...

Khaan's story

Khaan from Bangladesh
Khaan. 48 years. Bangladesh. In 1992 Bangladesh was ruled by a military government. I was a college student and had just finished my Bachelor in Commerce when I was involved in student politics, in the Sarbahara Party (Communist Party). When I got more active I got problems with...

Behzad Alikhani's story

Behzad Alikhani
Behzad Alikhani. 22 years. Iran I was born and grew up in Salmas, in the Kurdish region of Iran. 60% Kurds and 40% Azeri (Turkish). It is a small town of some 200K inhabitants. Life was good. I lived at home with my parents and my siblings. I...

Compassion, Love and Young People

Maria Hambarliyska and Mariela Padeva, volunteers at Caritas Vitania (Bulgaria) during the Caritas Europa Regional Conference 2018 in Georgia - Picture: Courtesy of Caritas Bulgaria
Georgia – a country that is still trying to get rid of the horrors from its past, a country where three churches – the Catholic, the Assyrian-Chaldean and the Armenian – exist together side by side. In the heart of its capital city – Tbilisi, among the gray...

Caritas at the frontline in Ukraine

Caritas at the frontline in Ukraine
Maksym takes his job very seriously. He is responsible for the security of the Caritas Ukraine teams working in the buffer zone along the contact line with the non-government controlled areas (called by its leaders the “Donetsk People's Republic” and the “Luhansk People's Republic”) in eastern Ukraine. Since...

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