Capacity Building for diocesan staff in Syria

Cor Unum seminar to assist the population of Syria

Vatican City, 30 June 2016 – The Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", in collaboration with the Catholic Relief Service, Aid to the Church in Need and Missio, has organised a seminar to be held from 29 June to 2 July near Beirut, Lebanon, for diocesan staff in Syria dedicated to charitable service in the context of the humanitarian crisis that the country is currently experiencing. It will be attended by eleven bishops, representatives of religious institutes for men and women, and people working in the charitable sector from various dioceses. "Cor Unum" will be represented by the secretary of the dicastery, Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, and the apostolic nuncio in Syria, Archbishop Mario Zenari, will also participate.

The initiative originated from a request presented by the representatives of charitable organisations and bishops during the third meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Iraq and bordering countries, organised by "Cor Unum" in 2015. The aim of the current seminar is to examine the basic elements in order to implement the charitable and humanitarian aid projects for the Middle East, drawn up by these bodies and by national dioceses. The programme, aside from theological formation, also involves specific encountersfor bishops and religious, as well as sessions for technical diocesan staff, dedicated to the analysis of project methods in the humanitarian field. On the days 1 and 2 July, the focus will shift to the specific aspects of capacity-building and project management, and implementation phases: programming, planning, implementation, conclusion and evaluation.

press release

Radio Vaticana: interview with Msgr. Dal Toso