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Caritas Internationalis elected Alistair Dutton as its new secretary general on May 15, 2023, in Rome. He has been the chief executive of Caritas Scotland.

Caritas Internationalis elects Alistair Dutton as its new secretary general

May 16, 2023

By CNA Staff

Dutton is the chief executive of Caritas Scotland, which works to build “a green and just world” by putting faith... Read more

Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo was elected president of Caritas Internationalis during the Vatican-based confederation of national charities' General Assembly on May 11-16, 2023.

Tokyo archbishop elected new president of Caritas Internationalis

May 15, 2023

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi takes the helm of the Church’s charitable arm six months after Pope Francis dismissed its top... Read more

Lybicheva Nina, 72, along with her grandchildren receives food items during a distribution to about 3,000 people by the local branch of Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic charity organization, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sept. 27, 2022.

Drama swirls as Caritas Internationalis delegates prepare to elect new leaders

May 10, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Calling it a “brutal power grab,” an ousted general secretary of the Vatican’s global charity has written a letter criticizing... Read more

Father Vyacheslav Grynevych gave Pope Francis with a cross made out of broken glass and rubble from destroyed buildings in Kyiv on Feb. 21, 2023.

Catholic priest from Ukraine gives Pope Francis cross made out of war rubble

Feb 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic priest and his team have worked tirelessly to provide food, shelter, protection, and health and psychological support to... Read more


Ukrainian Catholics to livestream Stations of the Cross from bomb shelter on Friday

Feb 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The online prayer event on the first Friday of Lent at 8 p.m. Kyiv time will tell the personal stories... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Feb. 12, 2023.

Pope Francis urges support for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria

Feb 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the people of Turkey and Syria who are suffering after devastating earthquakes killed more than... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022.

Analysis: What is behind the changes at Caritas Internationalis?

Nov 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of Caritas Internationalis and appointed a temporary administrator to improve the organization’s... Read more

Statue of St. Peter on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis removes Caritas Internationalis leaders, appoints temporary administrator

Nov 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of an international confederation of charities and appointed a temporary administrator to... Read more

Tetiana Stawnychy, president of Caritas Ukraine, speaks at a press conference in Rome, May 16, 2022.

‘This is going to be a long haul’: Ukraine’s Caritas groups help almost 1.5 million people as war rages on

May 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The aid offered so far is ‘just the beginning,’ said Caritas Ukraine president Tetiana Stawnychy. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, at the Vatican on Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle laments killing of Caritas workers in Mariupol

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘We honor the sacrifice of humanitarian workers by praying for them and their families,’ he said. Read more

The office of Caritas Mariupol in Ukraine.

7 people killed at Caritas office in besieged city of Mariupol

Apr 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Two female staff members of Caritas Mariupol were said to be among the dead. Read more

An explosion in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Feb. 24, 2022.

Ukraine conflict: Catholic priest in Kyiv shares how Caritas is helping children find shelter

Mar 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘In my house, we have 37 people,’ Father Vyacheslav Grynevych said. Read more


Hackers interrupt Catholic charity’s online press conference on Ukraine

Mar 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speakers were drowned out by a stream of obscenities. Read more

Caritas Internationalis homepage.

Caritas launches Ukraine fund drive, warning of a 'colossal humanitarian catastrophe'

Feb 24, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Caritas Internationalis launched an emergency appeal to provide relief to Ukraine after Russia invaded the country on Thursday, Feb. 24.  Read more

Gerard David's Triptych of Jan Des Trompes, 1505.

Priest denounces Spanish Caritas for Christological error

Jan 11, 2022

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Father Antonio María Domenech Guillén, a priest of the Diocese of Cuenca, harshly criticized Spanish Caritas for writing “nonsense” about... Read more

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois speaks during a Caritas Internationalis webinar, Sept. 21, 2021.

Catholic cardinal says Haiti's 'catastrophic situation' led Haitians to U.S. border

Sep 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic cardinal, who was injured in Haiti’s recent earthquake, is also a leader in the recovery efforts for the... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is moved as he recalls his grandfather at a Vatican press conference, June 15, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle chokes up while recalling grandfather’s migration story

Jun 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican cardinal said that visiting refugee camps reminded him of his migrant roots. Read more

Cardinal Tagle at the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015.

Cardinal Tagle urges leaders to ensure healthcare for all in coronavirus crisis

Apr 13, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his Easter message, the president of Caritas Internationalis called on governments to ensure access to healthcare and social protections... Read more

Pope Francis May 1, 2019.

Make charity more of an encounter, less of a 'service,' Pope Francis says

May 27, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told members of a global charitable group Monday that real charity is about encountering Christ in the poor... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square, June 22, 2016.

Pope delivers weekly catechesis alongside his 'brother' refugees

Jun 22, 2016

Joined closely by just over a dozen refugees at his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that in following Jesus’... Read more