Engaging in the 2030 Agenda through the lens of Laudato Si’
Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the result of many years of collective thinking across the international community about what international development looks like and how it should be ‘done’. It is an ambitious Agenda with an aspirational preamble and declaration, as well as...

Gamarjoba from Tbilisi!

Natalie Blinder with Inessa Tankamian, both volunteers at Caritas Georgia
Good day everyone, Gamarjoba from Tbilisi! My name is Natalie, I am Ukrainian, I have been a Caritas volunteer since October, 2017, and here is my story. I can clearly remember the moment being on a plane on my way to Tbilisi, having many thoughts and doubts in...
Caritas Greece provides hope and dignity to the refugees in the camp of Skaramagas
If you google Skaramagas you will learn that it is a port town with large shipyards on the western side of Athens.However, since the beginning of 2016, Skaramagas also hosts a “temporary” refugee camp, a kind of waiting room where migrants coming mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan...

Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina simulating an earthquake

Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina simulating an earthquake
Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with Diocesan Caritas from Bosnia and Herzegovina and partners from Italy, Belgium, USA as well as Caritas Europa, carried out an exercise simulating the response during 72 hours that follow an earthquake. Preparedness is one of the strategical goals of Caritas Bosnia...

Dignity+love, the formula for integration

Dignity+Love: Cardinal Tagle, volunteering to share food packages among the people stuck between the border of Greece and Macedonia, 19 October 2015 - Picture: Caritas: Paul Haring
Our Holy Fathers, Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis, are particularly relevant to guide us against xenophobia. They remind us to not be afraid, to not be indifferent. Recognising Christ’s presence in our fellow humans, especially those with difficulties, is at the heart of our Christianity and...
Caritas Kosovo celebrates its 25th anniversary - Picture: Courtesy of RTV Tema
Caritas Kosovo was founded by the Catholic Church in Ferizaj in 1992. The first years it focused its activities on youth, volunteerism and distribution of food and cloths. During the war in Kosovo (1998-1999) humanitarian assistance became a new focus. With the support of the Caritas network, Caritas...
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...

PHAP, Caritas and Cash Transfer Programming

PHAP, Caritas and Cash Transfer Programming - Photo: Matthieu Alexandre/Caritas Internationalis
Strategic alliances with other organisations are unique opportunities to reflect, learn from each other and exchange experiences as well as to raise visibility about the Caritas family’s important role in humanitarian assistance and in particular in cash transfer programmes. What is PHAP? The International Association of Professionals in...

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