Catholic Charitable Organisations

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The Encyclical Deus Caritas Est states that “The Church's deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia), and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia)” (N. 25), and that “the true subject of the various Catholic organizations that carry out a ministry of charity is the Church herself- at all levels, from the parishes, through the particular Churches, to the universal Church” (N. 32).

Therefore, in order to promote a collaborative relationship between charitable organizations and the Church, that is represented by the Bishop, and in order to preserve the Catholic spirit in those working in those charitable organizations, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has the task of inspiring and guiding the charitable activities carried out by these organizations, sometimes playing a coordinating role on specific occasions (such as the Syrian crisis). The Motu Proprio Intima Ecclesiae Natura, issued by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, contributed to a better definition of the regulatory framework of these Church organizations. Caritas is part of these Church organizations, along with other specific actions promoted by the Hierarchy for purposes of charity; those actions undertaken by the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; by Associations, Foundations and Organizations, born from the free initiatives of the faithful.

Caritas Internationalis