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We are family says head of Caritas

VATICAN (CNS): President of Caritas Internationalis, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines, added a photo of his Lolo Kim to a mosaic of migrants, world leaders and Caritas workers to illustrate how humanity forms one family and is sharing one journey.
 
The mosaic, now including the cardinal’s maternal grandfather who immigrated to the Philippines from China, was unveiled on May 23 at a Vatican news conference kicking off the May 23 to 28 general assembly of Caritas Internationalis.
 

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Pope sends aid to cyclone devastated southeast Africa

VATICAN (Agencies): As an immediate sign of his concern and an encouragement to other donors, Pope Francis has sent US$50,000 ($392,000) each to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to assist with initial emergenacy relief efforts after Cyclone Idai hit the region and caused massive flooding, Catholic News Service reported on March 22.
 
In Mozambique, more than 700 people were feared dead and more casualties expected as of March 23, africanews.com reported.
 

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New leaders chosen for Caritas Asia

MANILA (UCAN): Caritas Asia, one of seven regional offices of the Caritas Internationalis, elected new leaders at  a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on March 22. Benedict Alo D’Rozario of Caritas Bangladesh, was elected president while Father Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines, became a member of the organisation’s regional commission.
 
The commission acts as an advisory and executive body that works with the president in coordinating plans and activities in carrying out projects.
 

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Sharing the journey with migrants and refugees

VATICAN (CNS): In an act of solitdarity with migrants and refuges, participants at the ongoing Synod of Bishops joined a 2.4 kilometre walk from Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood to the Vatican, organised by Caritas Internationalis on October 21 as part of its Share the Journey campaign. 
 
The campaign was initiated in September 2017 to encourage every Catholic everywhere in the world to get to know at least one migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story. The campaign supports solidarity walks around the world.

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An international city

A brainchild of Caritas Internationalis, the Share the Journey Campaign is an initiative of the Church worldwide encouraging people to welcome migrants and refugees, by seeing them as friends that can offer benefits to a community rather than just a problem to be dealt with.
 
A prayer gathering to mark the beginning of the campaign was held in Hong Kong on September 27, the same day as Pope Francis launched the initiative in Rome.
 








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We are all people on the move

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the launch of Share the Journey by Caritas Hong Kong, a prayer vigil for migrants and refugees was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 27.
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said during the vigil that caring for migrants and refugees is an important expression of our faith and we should not forget that each and every one of us is but a traveller on this earth.
 

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Marrakesh ignores human rights at climate meeting

ROME (SE): A report released by Caritas describes the messages sent out by the various states represented at the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 held in Marrakesh in Morocco from November 7 to 18 as positive, but weak.

The Caritas report, which was released on November 22, says that the biggest disappointment is human rights continue to be sidelined, especially the rights of indigenous people, women, children and vulnerable communities.

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Migration not an economic answer

ABUJA (SE): “Human trafficking is likely to increase the number of frustrated people who cannot make ends meet. You know by the time you finish university and you are roaming the streets for three, four, five and six years with no job and you reach 30 or 31-years-of-age with no future, it is very difficult to sit down quietly,” Fides quoted John Cardinal Oneiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, in Nigeria, as saying.

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Today’s crises no longer have a single cause

MONTREAL (CNS): Caritas is on the climate change warpath, linking it with other emergency situations that are caused by human behaviour.

Speaking to northern American members of Caritas in Montreal, Canada, the president of Caritas Internationalis, Luis Cardinal Tagle, said that global emergencies must be looked at as being caused by people.