Caritas Calling! September / October 2021

A Monthly Bulletin for our local parishes, charities and Catholic Agencies

  1. Season of Creation: “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God”
  2. Caritas – Promoting sustainable integral human development and care for creation (CI.SO 3; CE.SO 2)
  3. CAFOD Calling! – Faith in Action Day
  4. The World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), Sunday, 26 September
  5. The God Who Speaks – Scripture Study sessions
  6. The Pope’s Prayer intentions:

September – Universal intention – An environmentally sustainable lifestyle

October – Intention for evangelization ‐ Missionary disciples

  1. The Cycle of Prayer
  2. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission
  3. How can the Caritas development process assist the Synodal process in diocesan and parish settings?
  4. Season of Creation: “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God”

European Church leaders invite Christians to observe the Season of Creation and to pray for the climate conferences taking place this autumn. In a joint statement from Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco CCEE President and Rev. Christian Krieger CEC President, the leaders said:

“We invite all Christians in the churches of Europe, parishes, church communities and every person of good will to observe and celebrate the Season of Creation from 1 September to 4 October in with an ecumenical spirit, united in prayer and action. Furthermore, we invite everyone to pray for the major international events of this autumn – the UN Summit on Biodiversity and COP 26 – so that these events may take the necessary steps that the climate emergency requires.”

CEC – Conference of European Churches; CCEE – The Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe 

Joint Statement: CCEE – CEC – Season of Creation 2021

“I address a cordial greeting to the members of the Laudato Si’ Movement. Thank you for your commitment to our common home, particularly on the World Day of Prayer for Creation and of the subsequent Time of Creation. The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are becoming ever more serious and alarming, and they call for a decisive and urgent action to transform this crisis into an opportunity.” Pope Francis, Message after the Angelus, 29 August 2021.

  1. Caritas – Promoting sustainable integral human development and care for creation (CI.SO 3; CE.SO 2)

Caritas Internationalis (CI) Strategic Orientation 3: Promote sustainable integral human development and care for creationEradicate all forms of poverty by empowering communities, transforming unjust structures, and caring for creation

“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also macro‑relationships, social, economic and political ones.” Pope Francis (LS 231)

CI Objective 3.3: We promote sustainable integral human development by addressing issues of climate and social justice in light of Laudato Si’. CI Strategic Outcomes by 2023:

CI Outcome 3.3: Caritas contributes to the fulfilment of Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement, and other appropriate frameworks through advocacy strategies addressing social and climate justice issues.

Caritas Europa (CE) Strategic Orientation 2: Integral Human Development and Humanitarian Response

CE Objective 2.2: The Caritas Europa network fosters integral human development in programmes in Europe and globally. CE Strategic Outcomes by 2028:

CE Strategic Outcome 2.2.1. The Caritas Europa network promotes sustainable development programmes aimed at combating poverty and inequalities, including via an innovative approach to the human-centred economy and taking into consideration the medium- and long-term impact of the global pandemic.

CE Strategic Outcome 2.2.2. The Caritas Europa network facilitates and strengthens the planning and implementation of sustainable programmes, focusing on care for Creation, inspired by Laudato Si’ and framed by the UN Agenda 2030 in light of the impact that climate change has had on people living in vulnerable situations globally.

  1. CAFOD Calling! – Faith in Action Day:

Do you want to connect with other Catholics and find out how we can play our role in tackling the climate crisis? Come along to our Faith in Action Day on Saturday 11 September and learn more about this year’s ‘COP26’ climate talks and Pope Francis’s call to action and hear from people in the Amazon who are leading the fight to care for our common home. Register to join us:

On this Faith in Action Day you will

  • Find out more about the UK government’s vision for COP26.
  • Connect with other Catholics in interactive sessions and find out how we can organise ourselves to build momentum for the climate talks in Glasgow this year.
  • Hear from environmental defenders in the Amazon about their struggle to protect our common home.
  • Explore Pope Francis’s Synod on the Amazon and his call for justice.
  • Get inspired by young Catholic campaigners and their fight for the climate crisis.
  • Stand in solidarity and pray together for our brothers and sisters who are suffering the most as a result of the climate crisis.

Confirmed speakers include Josianne Gauthier (CIDSE Secretary General), Claudelice Silva dos Santos (Amazon and human rights defender), youth Catholic activists and lots more. This is the time to come together, build a community and act. Don’t miss our Faith in Action Day 2021!

  1. The World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), Sunday, 26 September

The Migrants and Refugees Section is pleased to bring you the next step forward in our common journey towards the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) which will be celebrated on Sunday, 26 September. The theme chosen by the Holy Father for WDMR 2021 is Towards an ever wider “we”. In response to his call to ensure that “after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’”, we are sending you some materials to help build this “we” together.

In a new video, the Holy Father asks us to learn to live together in peace and harmony, building a future enriched by diversity and intercultural relations.

People who work together every day in diversity are featured; they demonstrate the possibility of creating this “multi-coloured” future. The video, the theological-pastoral reflections and other communication materials, available at the link below, can be downloaded, published, used and shared freely. Download The Material:

About the Migrants and Refugees Section

The Migrants & Refugees Section is a small pastoral office of the Holy See, personally directed by Pope Francis, working to help the Church worldwide to accompany vulnerable people on the move, including those who are forcibly displaced by conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty, refugees and victims of human trafficking. More information at:

  1. The God Who Speaks

Scripture Study sessions in the Archdiocese of Cardiff are delivered via Zoom and YouTube on certain Saturdays from 11am to 12.30pm.

September 11th, 2021: A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teachings; Canon Matthew Jones

October 9th, 2021: The Gospel of St. Mark; Deacon Maurice Scanlon

For more information and to register for the talks so that you will receive the Zoom link, please email Madeleine Walters at In the Archdiocese of Cardiff, Kate Duffin and Madeleine Walters, promote The God Who Speaks initiative and, for Newsletters, contact Madeleine.

Fr. Jerome Ituah OCD is the contact in the Diocese of Menevia:

  1. The Pope’s Prayer intentions: [Visit: each month for the latest video]

September – Universal intention – An environmentally sustainable lifestyle:

“We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.”

October – Intention for evangelization ‐ Missionary disciples:

“We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.”


  1. The Cycle of Prayer

Cycle of Prayer/Ordinary Time Autumn:

During Ordinary Time (Autumn), we are asked to pray for these intentions:

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation – especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.

Students and Teachers – especially on Education day — 2nd Sunday of September

The Spread of the Gospel – especially on Home Mission Day: 3rd Sunday in September & World Mission Day: the penultimate Sunday in October.

Justice and Peace in the World – especially on Harvest Fast Day: 1st Friday on October

Prisoners and their Families – especially on Prisoners Sunday (2nd Sunday on October) and in Prisons Week (2nd Week in October)

All Victims of War – especially on Remembrance Sunday (2nd Sunday in November)

Young People – especially on Christ the King: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Wednesday 1 September

“The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis, Letter inaugurating World Prayer of Care for Creation

Education Day Sunday 12 September [2nd Sunday in September]

Education Sunday is marked this year on 12 September. The theme for 2021 is ‘A word in season’, taken from Isaiah 50:4. Churches Together in England (CTE) rightly describes teaching and studying as “demanding and privileged callings” and Education Sunday gives us the opportunity to give thanks to God for all who teach and all who study, for all who continually have to find the right words and deliver them with enthusiasm and graciousness. This is all the more poignant as we attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, pupils and leaders in our schools have suffered 18 months of disruption and uncertainty. For the second year in a row, GCSE and A Level students have been Centre Assessed or Teacher Assessed – a challenging situation for both teachers and pupils. On 12 September, we pray that God will fortify those working to make our schools places of learning and sanctuary – not just teachers and leaders but all the support staff whose tireless work sometimes goes unnoticed. We pray for all our primary and secondary pupils – particularly school leavers who have had such a difficult journey in recent times – not to mention students in higher education and vocational training.

Bishop Marcus Stock, Chair, Catholic Education Service, expressed heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to teachers for the vocation and mission they exercise in the community of the Church in his message for Education Sunday 2021.

To read his message, and for links to prayers and resources, go to:

Home Mission Day Sunday 19 September [3rd Sunday in September]

Home Mission day is on the 3rd Sunday in September. Material for the day is prepared by the Home Mission Desk. There may be a collection to support the work of the agency.

Justice and Peace in the World

The Harvest Fast day is one of two such days organised by CAFOD. The money offered from the fasting is usually collected at Mass on the following Sunday. CAFOD

Prisoners and their Families – Prisoners Sunday (Sunday, 10 October); Prisons Week (10 – 16 October)


Prisoner’s week was a Catholic initiative begun in 1975 by Bishop Victor Guazelli which has since ecumenical support and observance. It reflects the work of the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) which builds on its origins as the Bourne Trust — the Catholic Prisoner’s Aid Society. The Sunday and the following week seek to focus attention not only on the needs of prisoners but on all those involved the field of prison care, prisoners families, victims of crime, prison staff and many volunteers.

PACT:; Prisons Week:

  1. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church from October 2021 that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission“.

It’s an invitation for us, as Catholics, to ‘walk together’ and every member of the Church has the right to speak, and the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so.

For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation.

The Process The process begins in the Particular (or Local) Church and then moves to the level of the Bishops’ Conference. From there, discernment takes place in the Regional Area – for England and Wales, it would be steered by the European Council of Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) – before moving to the Universal Church with the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in 2023, sub et cum Petro.

To find out more visit:

For an Infographic:

The Diocesan Phase (Local) October 2021 – April 2022: During which each individual faithful can participate in the diocesan consultation. This phase will end locally with a pre-synodal assembly: the culminating moment of diocesan discernment. In the infographic, this is the section Local churches and other ecclesial bodies. The footnote identifies the other ecclesial bodies as Dicasteries, Consecrated Life (UISG-USG. UNIONS & FEDERATIONS), Associations of the Faithful, Institutions of Higher Education. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is competent with regard to Caritas Internationalis, in accord with its Statutes. (Article 4. Relationship to Members of the Curia and related Offices. §6.)

  1. How can the Caritas development process assist the Synodal process in diocesan and parish settings?

*Pope Francis has called this moment in human history as “a time of reckoning.” The Synodal Process is for the whole Church not just in England and Wales and the themes from the title of the Synod can help in understanding why now is the right time to consider this:

  1. Communion– bringing the people together as communities in the local Church begins this prayerful insight into the ways of the Holy Spirit. When the Church gathers for the Eucharist, and what flows from it, is when the necessary self-understanding of the mission of the Church is best understood. Thus the dialogue at this level is rooted in the life of the ecclesial communities and parishes.
  2. Participation– the reflections that the local Churches and communities are undertaking regarding the past 15 months of pandemic form the context of how the Catholic Church in England and Wales looks forward, not backwards, to revitalising its mission of bringing the Good News to all. The gentle call of invitation to the full practice of Catholic life, with the Eucharist at the centre of all the Church does, is an integral part of the “walking together.”
  3. Mission– understanding the local situation will feed necessarily into an overview of the mission in the whole diocese. Like the tesserae of a mosaic, the picture is built up of the needs for renewal so that mission to all people is firmly rooted in the life of the local community who gather, by gentle invitation by the Lord, to worship him, to be sanctified by him and to exercise both an individual and collective prophetic voice.

(*Extract from some answers, provided by the Bishops’ Conference, to FAQs on the synodal process)


In the Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici, #20, we read: ‘Church communion then is a gift, a great gift of the Holy Spirit, to be gratefully accepted by the lay faithful, and at the same time to be lived with a deep sense of responsibility. This is concretely realized through their participation in the life and mission of the Church, to whose service the lay faithful put their varied and complementary ministries and charisms.’


Caritas provides community-based learning and development sessions based on the Values and Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and on the Key Values and Themes that underpin, inform and are present within community development practice.  Building skills based on these Values and Principles enables the Church to develop the capacity of parishioners to participate effectively in listening to, and discerning, the needs of Church and society, for example, facilitating a response to the ‘cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’, or facilitating participation in a Synodal process. The sessions build on people’s own experience and practice and can be a route to professional qualifications, continuing professional development and continuing pastoral development.

To learn more, please contact:

Jim Barnaville, Coordinator, Caritas Archdiocese of Cardiff. Email:


‘Decent Work for All’ Seminar – Saturday 2 October 2021 – 10:00 – 14:00

“Decent Work for All”

A joint conference by

the Young Christian Workers (YCW) and the Movement of Christian Workers (MCW)

for the World Day of Decent Work

Saturday, 2 October 2021

10:00 – 14:00 BST

To register for this event:


About this event

Work is much more than a source of financial income; work is an integral part of human identity. It plays a part in people’s lives and the future of work has the potential to promote decent employment for all. In a very positive way St Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on Human Work states that work is a good thing for humanity. It is not only good in the sense that it is useful or something to enjoy; it is also good as being something worthy, that is to say, something that corresponds to man’s dignity, that expresses this dignity and increases it.

That dignity needs to be restored as unemployment has once more become a burning issue, and unemployment is reaching record levels even in nations that for decades have enjoyed a certain degree of prosperity, there is a renewed need to

For details of their work visit:



If parishioners are interested in developing a network for either of these organisations, please contact

Jim Barnaville, Coordinator, Caritas Archdiocese of Cardiff. Email:


Caritas in Action! Briefing 17 – September 2021


17.1 Caritas Partnership: A Caritas Internationalis Handbook for Reflection and Action [i]

The aim of this handbook is to create a conceptual framework for partnership among Caritas Internationalis members and to show how partnership goes beyond a financial arrangement and into the very heart of our values as a Christian humanitarian network. We also wish to provide practical ideas and tools to help member organisations develop and maintain quality partnerships both within the Caritas Confederation and with other partners outside the Caritas “family”. [The following are extracts]

17.2 Why Caritas partnership?

The Caritas Internationalis Statutes and Strategic Plan outline the vision, mission, values, goals, and strategies of the Caritas Confederation. One value that underscores all others in the Strategic Plan is partnership, a value that should permeate all working relationships among Caritas organisations. Participants at regional partnership workshops in the South noted that partnership is the most optimal and desired working relationship because it allows the Church to develop its social-pastoral dimension and to achieve a profound and durable impact through its involvement. In November 2002, the Caritas Internationalis Executive Committee approved The Caritas Partnership Guiding Principles, asking Caritas member organisations to commit themselves to being guided by these values and principles in all their working relationships.

17.3 Partnership values and principles… …essential to Caritas’ identity

Partnership values and principles stem from the Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and are essential to Caritas’ identity as part of the social mission of the Catholic Church. Partnership ultimately aims to achieve sustainable impact and social transformation for the marginalised. For a vast humanitarian network like Caritas, which encompasses the grassroots and reaches the diocesan, national, sub-regional, regional, and global levels, the potential for effecting change is immense. However, change can best be brought about when relationships among members are governed by the values of genuine partnership.

17.4 Is partnership the only way to cooperate?

Partnership is one of many different types of working relationships for Caritas members. Different situations often require different solutions. Short-term involvement does not generally lead to partnership, which requires long-term relations. The Caritas Partnership Handbook gives an overview of the different categories of working relationships. In The Caritas Partnership Guiding Principles, it states that all working relationships should be guided by partnership values as far as possible.

17.5 Part One – Caritas Partnership – The Background – (1) Introduction

Caritas partnership as a working relationship within the Confederation was not invented by a group of researchers and writers, but rather stems from Catholic Social Teaching and the needs and desires identified by Caritas member organisations in every region. The first part of this handbook discusses why partnership has become the most desired working relationship in the Caritas network, highlighting both its characteristics and challenges.

17.6 (2) The Social Teaching of the Church and Caritas Identity

Christianity has inherited a rich social teaching from the prophets, the authors of the Old and New Testaments, and Jesus Christ, and the Church has been socially engaged since its inception. The first Christians shared their belongings with one another and with those in need. Catholic orders have been running hospitals and performing other social duties since the early Middle Ages. Since 1891, under the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, the Catholic Church has issued encyclicals on social issues, giving clear guidelines in light of the Gospel teachings on how Christians should respond to poverty, oppression, and injustice.

The first social encyclical was published by Pope Leo XIII in 1891. Rerum Novarum dealt with moral and social problems arising from the industrial revolution and the inhuman conditions in which the working class lived. Since then, many important social encyclicals, council documents, and pastoral letters by synods of Bishops and Bishops’ Conferences have been issued. Many of their elements – the dignity of the human person, solidarity, the preferential option for the poor – are at the heart of true partnership.

17.7 One of the three components of the Church’s holistic pastoral work

The identity and spirituality of Caritas derive from the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching and from being one of the three components of the Church’s holistic pastoral work. The ministry of Caritas is integrated in the local Church and in each of the Christian communities as a fundamental element in its life and mission, inspired by faith in Jesus Christ. We see the face of the Lord in the face of each of the beneficiaries of our charity and justice work.

Caritas partnership includes what Pope John Paul II calls a “spirituality of communion”. In Novo Millennio Ineunte (6 Jan 2001) he says, “A spirituality of communion also means an ability to think of our brothers and sisters in faith within the profound unity of the Mystical Body and therefore as ‘those who are a part of me’. This makes us able to share our joys and sufferings, to sense their desires and attend to their needs, to offer them deep and genuine friendship. A spirituality of communion also implies the ability to see what is positive in others, to welcome it, and cherish it as a gift from God: not only as a gift for the brother or sister who has received it directly, but also a ‘gift for me’. A spirituality of communion means understanding how to ‘make room’ for our brothers and sisters, to bear ‘each other’s burdens’ (Gal 6:2) and resist the selfish temptations that constantly beset us and provoke competition, careerism, distrust, and jealousy. Let us have no illusions: unless we follow this spiritual path, external structures of communion will serve very little purpose. They are simply mechanisms without a soul, ‘masks’ of communion rather than its means of expression and growth. (No.43). Consequently, in this new century we must work even harder to develop and value forums and structures which, in accordance with the Second Vatican Council’s major directives, serve to ensure and safeguard communion.” (No. 44)

Building partnership in the spirituality of communion is the main internal challenge for Caritas Internationalis.

17.8 (4) Clarifying the Concept of Partnership – What is Caritas Partnership?

Caritas roots its understanding of partnership in its Catholic faith. Partnership within the Caritas Confederation is an alliance that expresses solidarity among members of local Churches, recognises all women and men as part of one interdependent global community, and demonstrates a commitment to social justice and an overriding preferential option for the poor.

Authentic partnership means a long-term commitment to agreed-upon objectives based on shared values, strategies, and information. It is characterised by honest feedback, joint planning, accompaniment, transparency, and accountability on both sides, and a genuine openness and sensitivity to the other’s needs, feelings, expertise, experience, and wisdom. It is based on mutual respect, trust, and goodwill. Effective partnership creates solidarity among member organisations, other organisations that share our vision, and the communities and people with whom we work. Partnership aims to have a positive impact on the lives of the people we serve.

17.9 The main characteristics of Caritas partnership include:

  • Collaboration based on a shared vision and value system;
  • Cooperation to accomplish agreed upon objectives, joint responsibility in decision making and risk sharing;
  • Cooperation that promotes solidarity among Caritas members, other organisations that share our vision, and communities and people with whom we work;
  • Long-term involvement from each partner;
  • Accompaniment, mutual support, competency and capacity strengthening, skill sharing, and professionalism;
  • Defined roles and responsibilities that clarify how the parties involved complement each other;
  • Trust, respect, cultural sensitivity, mutual accountability, and equality;
  • Respect for the constraints each partner may face;
  • A final work agenda set by each organisation, in dialogue with the partner;
  • Strengthening of autonomy and identity, development of local resources, and responsibility to local constituencies;
  • Learning through joint reflection and efforts, enabling partners to become more competent and capable of reaching their missions and goals;
  • A working relationship based on a Memorandum of Understanding.



[i] Caritas Partnership: A Caritas Internationalis Handbook for Reflection and Action


Caritas in Action! Briefing 18 – September 2021


18.1 If the members of Caritas Internationalis are national Caritas, what about diocesan/parish Caritas?[1]

The membership to Caritas Internationalis is a legal issue. Members of CI are national Caritas whose role is to facilitate the coordination of the social pastoral work of the Church in a given country, under the leadership of the episcopal conference. Talking about the form of confederation applied to Caritas Internationalis, the concept of collegiality, communion and autonomy has been pointed out. This applies also to diocesan Caritas. They are first and foremost instruments of the diocesan bishops to witness the compassion of the entire diocesan community to every person in need. They are equally instruments of communion and cooperation beyond the diocese in the work of charity and justice.


According to the principle of subsidiarity, diocesan Caritas and even parish Caritas are the implementers of concrete actions and services to the most needy. In reality, the service of charity incarnates in socio-pastoral work, and it is precisely at the parish/community and diocesan levels that this becomes concrete through activities that promote social justice, respect for human rights, care for the most needy.


It’s precisely there that the Gospel and celebration of the sacraments, in particular the Eucharist contribute to change and transform the relationships and social structures of our societies according to Jesus’ person and His project.


Diocesan and parish Caritas play a key role in animating and mobilising the believers as well as men and women of good will, allowing them to act collectively and to put together resources, including financial and material to support humanitarian interventions, livelihood and community development actions.


The Caritas Partnership Handbook for Reflection and Action provides clarification on the rights, roles and responsibilities of Caritas at different levels – parish, diocesan, national, zonal and partner. In this Briefing we focus on the parish, diocesan and national levels to inform this early stage of our planning and development.


18.2 Clarification of rights, roles, and responsibilities of parish Caritas

Parish Caritas organisations should have a proactive and prominent role in development work because of their proximity to local communities, volunteers, and parishioners.[2]


Parish rights, roles, and responsibilities [3]

Rights Roles and responsibilities
·       To receive guidance and support from the diocesan and national Caritas to meet the needs of those they serve

·       To have clear terms of reference and authority service

·       To receive various development training sessions

·       To develop self-supportive mechanisms in providing pastoral and social development work

·       To access diocesan financial and material resources

·       To have information on resource use and Caritas activities

·       To base work on integral human development

·       To be listened to and respected


·       To carry out local needs assessment

·       To develop strategic plans and animate local communities

·       To deliver services to the community

·       To fundraise locally and be accountable to all partners

·       To network with other relevant organisations

·       To carry out campaigns and advocacy within the parish in collaboration with other governmental and non-governmental organisations

·       To implement programmes based on community needs

·       To be open to evaluation

·       To mobilise local resources enhancing sustainability of projects

·       To liaise and communicate with the diocesan office and other actors


18.3 Clarification of rights, roles, and responsibilities of diocesan Caritas

Diocesan Caritas organisations offer services to the parish Caritas structures and community groups. They plan and implement diocesan social-pastoral plans and programmes, which are the basis for national pastoral plans.[4]


Diocesan rights, roles and responsibilities [5]

Rights Roles and responsibilities
·       Capacity building

·       To influence national Caritas policies

·       To participate in the strategic planning of the national office

·       To receive development training

·       To receive an appropriate share of resources

·       To develop own plans and seek outside support for implementation

·       To choose whether to participate in programmes at any given level

·       To choose to use Caritas name or not

·       To coordinate socio-pastoral activities in the dioceses

·       To develop diocesan plans based on parish needs

·       To develop capacity-building action plans for the parish

·       To report and give technical advice to the bishops

·       To facilitate/disseminate development programmes and advise the parish office

·       To carry out monitoring and evaluation of their activities and those of the parish

·       To mobilise resources

·       To be accountable to all relevant stakeholders

·       To facilitate and participate in sharing / networking at all levels


18.4 Clarification of rights, roles, and responsibilities of national Caritas [CSAN]

The national Caritas should have a clear vision and promote unity within the local Caritas network. The national office is a professional team serving the diocesan structures with links to the international level. The national Caritas designs and coordinates national social-pastoral plans that are built on diocesan realities and plans. [6]


National rights, roles and responsibilities [7]

Rights Roles and responsibilities
·       To carry out the mandate and advise bishops (Episcopal Conferences) on relevant issues

·       To be well informed about partners’ involvement in the country

·       To be respected in relation to national pastoral plans

·       To represent the Episcopal Conference

·       To access information on northern partners’ activities in the country

·       To receive reports from the dioceses

·       To develop leadership in policy formulation

·       To consult on questions of northern representation in the country

·       To negotiate with partners on plans and inputs

·       To develop strategic plans in collaboration with the diocese and partners

·       To develop social-pastoral guidelines and policies on behalf of the Episcopal Conference

·       To link up with the international community with regard to policies and programmes affecting the poor

·       To facilitate national development programmes and coordinate diocesan activities

·       To participate in the monitoring and evaluation of national and diocesan offices

·       To link needy dioceses with partners

·       To mediate between dioceses and partners

·       To mobilise resources and diocesan capacity building

·       To lobby at national and international levels for fair policies

·       To provide technical support to the diocese and partners

·       To develop strategic planning at zonal and diocesan levels


[1] Serving Out of Love. FAQ 3

[2] Caritas Partnership – Handbook for Reflection and Action: 7.6 Respecting the Roles and Responsibilities of Different Levels 

[3] Ibid. 15.2 Roles and Responsibilities of Caritas at Different Levels

[4] Caritas Partnership: 7.6 Respecting the Roles and Responsibilities of Different Levels

[5] Ibid. 15.2 Roles and Responsibilities of Caritas at Different Levels

[6] Ibid. 7.6 Respecting the Roles and Responsibilities of Different Levels

[7] Ibid. 15.2 Roles and Responsibilities of Caritas at Different Levels