Caritas Internationalis

International Catholic Organisation

Caritas Internationalis translates as ‘love between peoples’. This is a reflection of the love shared and witnessed among and by its 160-plus national members which form the confederation. It works with the poor, vulnerable and excluded.

Pope Francis says that Caritas is “an essential part of the Church” and that it “institutionalises love in the Church”. The Holy Father says, “Caritas is the caress of the Church to its people, the caress of the Mother Church to her children, her tenderness and closeness.”

Caritas empowers women through training, education and support in setting up businesses. It supports women entrepreneurs and gives women the opportunity to harness and share their resources at the local and national level. Caritas trains and supports women to access to their rights.
A key part of Caritas’s work is with migrants across the world with a particular focus on women and vulnerable groups. Caritas provides migrant women with pre-departure counselling, shelter and counselling upon arrival.

Sustainable growth and development can only occur when everyone – women, men and children – are involved. Caritas works with both women and men to improve the economic and social participation of women and girls in their communities.

Caritas aims to increase the number of women in leadership roles among its own members.

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