CDF is about being able to better work in the name of charity and justice
Caritas Development Fund , also known as CDF, is an intra-network solidarity mechanism that was introduced in 2013 as a new way of contributing to Caritas sustainability across Europe. CDF is slowly finding its way and place in the network. And brings about changes of behaviour along with...

Working with and for the people of Ukraine

Caritas Ukraine's president Andrij Waskowycz addressing the people in Maidan Square
Since the outbreak and worsening of the crisis in Ukraine Caritas Europa is in permanent contact with both Ukrainian members of the network - Caritas-Spes Ukraine (Roman Catholic) and Caritas Ukraine (Greek Catholic) - to coordinate first relief activities of Caritas members and to jointly planning the release...

Central African Republic is on the edge

Central African Republic is on the edge
32 civilian victims have been found in only one day in Central African Republic (CAR), divided between Bangui and villages close to Chad borders. The latter were people trying to escape from this severely tormented country. At the moment the region can count 300,000 displaced persons, 60,000 refugees...

Lampedusa tragedy: Rejecting the globalisation of indifference

The image of hundreds of coffins of the children and adults that perished off the coast of Lampedusa is still fresh in my eyes while I am writing these lines. The Caritas family mourns this unnecessary loss of lives . What happened in Lampedusa was avoidable. Caritas Europa...

Food, development, migration and borders

Today, 16th of October, is World Food Day. We all know the figures: more than 800 million people are starving of hunger while one third of the food produced in the world is wasted. According to figures of the UNEP, every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost...

Do not rush into military action in Syria!

"It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue," mentioned Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square. Like Pope Francis I am convinced the only lasting solution to the conflict will be through diplomacy and dialogue...

Will austerity Europe kill the common asylum system?

While I am writing these lines, the European Parliament has just adopted the so-called “ asylum package ,” which is aiming at ensuring that asylum seekers and refugees will enjoy the same basic rights throughout the EU . While the asylum package is far from perfect , I...

Family matters

On the world refugee day I would like to highlight the importance of family for everybody. Migrants and refugees often cannot enjoy this fundamental pillar of human rights: the right to family life. But if we speak about the integration of migrants and refugees and their protection, we...
Every family should have the right to be together
Last 26 April 2013, I attended a France Terre d’Asile working breakfast on the need to preserve special derogatory rules currently applied to family reunification for refugees. Within few weeks, France will change its legislation with regards to family reunification and the working breakfast was aiming at developing...
50,000 participants from all around the world promote dignity at the World Social Forum
Caritas believes the WSF as an opportunity to exchange ideas and to build the momentum towards real change. This year Caritas held a workshop on migration and development, trafficking, the right to food, corruption and tax evasion. Activists from around the world gathered in Tunis for the World...

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