Caritas Network Responds to Crisis in Gaza

Even before the current catastrophe, the Gaza Strip’s healthcare infrastructure was inadequate to meet the needs of its population. Crippled by a 16-year blockade, the provision of healthcare was complicated …

Caritas Internationalis at COP28

This year Caritas Internationalis is participating in global climate talks at COP28 in Dubai as part of the Holy See Delegation. At COP28, Caritas—a confederation of 162 national member organizations—is …

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day

On 19 August, 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio …

Caritas Statement for World Refugee Day 2023 

On this World Refugee Day, Caritas Europa calls for a Europe that ensures access to protection in its territory through an improved asylum system which puts people’s rights at the centre. This starts with ensuring safe and regular pathways to protection, dignified reception conditions and integration in the host society.

Humanitarian Needs Increase as Europe Faces Cost-of-Living Crisis

A survey conducted by Caritas Europa and Eurodiaconia across 18 European countries found that there has been a 40% increase in demand for support by vulnerable groups. Organisations are responding to this increase in demand for services by opening up warm spaces for people experiencing hardship and continuing to deliver more and adequate food support, clothing, homelessness services, financial support for housing and energy expenses and debt counselling.

The survey conducted by these two networks of organizations reveals that the current cost-of-living crisis is severely impacting the ability of people with low incomes—especially single parents, pensioners and young people—to cover basic needs like heating their homes, buying food or paying rent. The situation of people experiencing poverty is particularly difficult in: Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Sweden and Turkey. The two networks call on the EU and European governments to take further action to support vulnerable households as well as to invest in not-for-profit social services providers. Immediate and targeted support is needed to prevent more people from falling into poverty and to guarantee dignity and wellbeing for all.