More than 400 people from 146 Caritas organisations gathered in Rome for the 21st Caritas General Assembly, an event designed for delegates to come together in solidarity and decide new ways to serve the most vulnerable around the world. The theme of the assembly is “One Human Family, One Common Home,” inspired by Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to hear the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”
Caritas Internationalis will launch its 21st General Assembly with the theme “One Human Family, One Common Home” on 23rd May 2019 with a strong call to work together to face the unprecedented scale of difficulties facing humanity. “We are driven by our collective belief that we are part of one human family, sharing one common home,” says Caritas’ President, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has told his country’s parliament, in Juba, that he was shocked and shaken when the Pope kissed his feet during a Vatican special retreat for South Sudanese leaders, in April.
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, addressed a conference in view of the May 15 UN's International Day of Families.
Kenya’s Bishop of Lodwar, Dominic Kimengich, whose diocese is hosting more than 200 000 refugees from South Sudan, has called on South Sudanese leaders and their people to heed Pope Francis’ call for lasting peace in their country.
In a message in view of the May 15 International Day of Families, Caritas Europa is urging candidates contesting in the European Parliament elections this month to defend family values and interests.