Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center employee Mya Ziadeh with a child at Saloum border crossing between Libya and Egypt. Credit: Donal Reilly
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By Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
The headlines have been dominated by the conflicts in Libya and across the Middle East, a descent into civil war in Cote D’Ivoire and the terrible earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
Caritas has sent two Emergency Response Teams to the Libyan-Egyptian and the Libyan-Tunisian borders and is providing emergency aid such as food, health care and counselling to thousands of stranded migrants.
I have visited Caritas Japan, and know it’s wonderful work. So I know the resilience and courage they will have as they respond to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the northern coast of Japan on 11th March 2011. Caritas has been giving out blankets and supporting parishes in providing food.
Hundreds of thousands of Ivoirians have already fled their homes to escape the violent post-election clashes in Côte d’Ivoire. Caritas is providing food, health care, sanitation and more to thousands of displaced people inside Côte d’Ivoire and in nearby Liberia. Continue reading
Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight with Caritas Chile Director Lorenzo Figueroa on a visit to Talca to meet people affected by an earthquake earlier in the year. Credit: Caritas.
By Lesley Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
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Change has been in the air in Rome in October, with autumnal weather and new appointments. Caritas Internationalis warmly congratulated His Eminence Cardinal-elect Robert Sarah on his appointment to the College of Cardinals and as President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. We look forward to renewed and fruitful collaboration with Cor Unum under his leadership.
Rome hosted the Middle East Synod of Bishops this month, where Church leaders discussed the unique difficulties facing this fragile region. Delegates included representatives of Caritas Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Caritas Middle East and North Africa (MONA) President, Joseph Farah. The propositions adopted by the Synod Fathers show real hope in unity that there is a way out of the conflict which overshadows so much of daily life there. “Peace is possible”, as the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI said in his closing address. Continue reading