Caritas in the world

"Каритас" в мире

The activities of Caritas include 
all people in need, regardless of their ethnicity,
nationality, religion, social status 
and other features

The charitable activities of the Roman Catholic Church were in the beginning carried out in the parishes, later a major role was played by religious orders and congregations. Secular charities emerged in the XIX century.

The foundation of  "Caritas" is connected with the publication in 1891 the encyclical "Rerum Novarum" by the Pope Leo XIII, which gave a powerful impetus to the development of social activities by the laity in the Catholic Church. To coordinate their activities, priest Lorenz Werthmann, the secretary of the Archbishop of Freiburg, established in 1897 the first diocesan coordination center in Germany, named "Caritas". Initially, the basic activities of the organization consisted of an aid to Italian migrant workers, called "serving in a spirit of caritas pastoralis ("pastoral charity")".

Later the name "Caritas" was extended to all similar types of service and all organizations of this type, which began to appear elsewhere in other countries. After the Second World War, the national Caritas worked in almost every country in Europe and America. To coordinate their activities, the Vatican has created in 1950 an international confederation "Caritas Internationalis", which is a member of the Conference of International Catholic organizations and the Pontifical Council "Cor unum". It has an Consultative Status with UNESCO and other UN organizations, with the Council of Europe and the Organization of African Unity.

If you’d like to learn more about the work of CARITAS in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, please visit the website of Caritas Internationalis or websites of national Caritas organizations.


Caritas Macau


Caritas Tanzania

Caritas Lebanon


Caritas Australia

Caritas Aotearoa - New Zealand


Caritas Shqiptar - Albania

CAFOD - Catholic Fund for Overseas Development - Caritas England and Wales

Caritas Armenia

Caritas Ambrosiana - Italy

Caritas Austria

Caritas Germany

Caritas Hellas - Greece

Caritas Denmark

Caritas Czech Republic

Trocaire - Caritas Ireland

Caritas Spain

Caritas Italy

Caritas Luxembourg

Caritas Norway

Confederatia Caritas Romania

Caritas Poland

Caritas Slovenia

Secours Catholique - Caritas France

Caritas Croatia

Caritas Sweden

Caritas Switzerland

Caritas-Spes-Berdyansk - Caritas Ukraine

Latin America

Caritas Peru

Caritas Uruguay

Caritas Chile

North America

Caritas Canada

Catholic Relief Services - USA

Catholic Charities USA

Caritas Internationalis

Other international charitable organizations:


Aid to the church in need

Pax Christi International

Jesuit refugee service

Amnesty International

Charities Aid Foundation

Amici dei Bambibi

MSF International

Internation Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies