Posts Tagged ‘Caritas’

Church in South Asia responds to plight of Roghingya

Monday, September 18th, 2017

South Asia’s Catholic Church is responding to the Roghingya crisis with humanitarian assistance and advocacy. Hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim minority have fled principally Buddhist Myanmar, where the military is conducting a “clearance operation.” The head of the Catholic Church in Myanmar, Archbishop of Yangon Cardinal Charles Bo, said he expects more Read more

Six million in Somalia starving to death

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Over six million people in Somalia are likely to starve to death this year. That is nearly half of Somalia’s population in urgent need of humanitarian help. In addition, about 275,000 malnourished children are at risk of starvation, according to aid and development agencies, says Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti. He says Caritas Somalia is Read more

Community of Sant’Egidio given formal protection

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Inter-religious dialogue, aid for migrants and refugees and the protection of minority Christian communities are included in a formal agreement between the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Community of Sant’Egidio. The Community, which is a Catholic charity, has been helping the poor in many countries since the 1970s. The accord with the French ministry Read more

Migrants paying the price in Europe says Caritas

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Migrants are paying a heavy price in Europe because of an agreement made a year ago between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, says Caritas The agreement aimed to stem the flow of migrants and refugees seeking protection in Europe. Caritas says the agreement has left thousands of vulnerable people stranded in degrading conditions in Read more

Syria is a “workshop for cruelty” Caritas told

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Syria is a “workshop for cruelty” says Pope Francis. Speaking to Caritas Internationalis, Francis said “I believe the greatest illness of today is cardiac sclerosis,”. He was implying a kind of hardening of the heart that renders a person unable to feel compassion or be moved by another’s suffering. He said Syria is an example Read more

Caritas Bangladesh in aid of flood victims

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Caritas Bangladesh is launching a series of initiatives to help victims of the devastating floods in Bangladesh. The Catholic charity’s volunteers distributed 4,000 Bangladeshi taka (about 46 euros) and cleaning kit for each person, for at least 1,650 families affected by the emergency. Efforts are concentrated in two districts in the north of the country. Read more

Caritas, Mosul, 13 million refugees

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Mosul refugees are receiving emergency aid from Caritas. Up to 1.5 million people are expected to need immediate help, while about 13 million are likely to be displaced by the end of this year as the Mosul crisis develops. The military offensive to root out ISIS militants from Mosul and surrounding villages will be a Read more

Caritas goes to Parliament to oppose Easter trading change

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Caritas representatives appearing before Parliament’s Commerce Committee on Thursday argued against proposed changes to Easter Sunday trading. A proposed law change – the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill – would let local councils pass bylaws allowing shops in their area to open on Easter Sunday. Caritas’s Lisa Beech said Easter Sunday trading would affect community Read more

El Niño – short and long term planning underway

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is already providing aid for communities affected by frost and droughts. Planning is underway for relief assistance in the future should the developing El Niño be as severe as climatologists are predicting. Crop gardens have already been destroyed by frost and rivers and creeks have either dried up Read more

Pope appoints Msgr Burns to Caritas Internationalis

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Monsignor Gerard Burns

The Holy Father has nominated as Members of the Executive Board of Caritas Internationalis: Msgr Gerard Patrick Burns, President of Caritas Oceania, Lucas Van Looy, Bishop of Gent and President of Caritas Europe; Youssef Antoine Soueif, Archbishop of Cipro and President of Caritas Cipro. Msgr Burns is the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Wellington. Source Read more