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...
In Portugal, citizens’ engagement for refugee cause matches government policies
By Amine Bahri, Master's student in public policy on international humanitarian action and Intern at Caritas Portugal The arrival of Syrian refugees in Europe provoked different reactions among the European community. Unfortunately, the debate was not always about helping refugees seeking for peace, but sometimes motivated by political...
Housing café: Empowerment of refugees in the search for housing
By Joke Dillen and Valerie Annys, Project Coordinators of Housing café Antwerp, Caritas Belgium When you finally get your papers at the end of your asylum procedure you’re often overwhelmed by a positive feeling. With this piece of paper you can finally start your new life! You can...

Refugee crisis as a call for movement

Refugee crisis as a call for movement
By Janne Marno, Master of Arts (Education) and Caritas Finland Board Member. Janne has worked in reception centres and served Christian pilgrims in several Camino de Santiago albergues. The mankind often seems to think in terms of extreme opposites. With the help of cultural either-or categories, the information...

Populorum Progressio 50 years on

Don Giovanni Perini - Picture courtesy of Newsbiella.it
By don Giovanni Perini Don Giovanni Perini, Director of Diocesan Caritas and regional delegate Piemonte-Valle d'Aosta, Italy. The Encyclical letter “Populorum Progressio” written by Pope Paul VI, was produced at the end of '60s, a period full of difficulties in the sphere of international relations. It is a...

Trócaire: living Populorum Progressio through its actions

Trócaire: living Populorum Progressio through its actions
By Stephen Farley Stephen Farley, Development Education Officer at Trócaire, with Gerson Javier Bermúdez, a resident of Choloma in northern Honduras. Javier is a member of the local emergency committee and takes an active role in organising emergency evacuation plans for his community in the event of severe...
Strong Parish Caritas in Georgia – Empowered minority Communities
By Liana Mkheidze Liana Mkheidze is Development and Emergency Program Manager at Charitable Foundation “Caritas Georgia.” Charitable Foundation “Caritas Georgia” from 1994, the very beginning of work in Georgia, was dealing with pure humanitarian aid to vulnerable population, however from year to year Caritas Georgia moved to social-care...
Participation as a way for promoting integral human development
By Michele Trabucco Michele Trabucco is manager of European projects in Caritas of Veneto, works for the institutional relations at Veneto Region and is a member of European group of Caritas Italy. He holds degrees in theology and in international development and cooperation. “The joys and the hopes,...
The True Know How in Armenian Caritas
By Fr. Joseph Galstyan , Master in Theology, Spiritual Adviser for the staff of Armenian Caritas, appointed by His Excellency Raphael Minassyan - Archbishop of Armenian Catholics of Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Eastern Europe, General President of Armenian Caritas. We, the clerics, the lay specialists and volunteers working for...
For Europe and for Caritas: Populorum Progressio, after 50 years, more topical than ever
By Jorge Nuño Mayer Jorge Nuño Mayer started in Caritas 30 years ago, working and volunteering since then at parish, diocesan, national and European level of the organisation. Since 2010, he is the Secretary General of Caritas Europa. For Jorge, Caritas is an expression of his Christian faith...