A poor Church for the poor (Caritas Internationalis)


This morning was the official opening of the Caritas Internationalis 20th General Assembly. After the address of Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (Caritas Internationalis President), the words of welcome by Mgr Gianpietro Dal Toso (Cor Unum secretary), the delegates from the different countries were introduced according to continents.

We then had three speakers on the theme for the morning: "A poor Church for the poor",
  • Fr Gustavo Guitiérrez Merino, OP, from Perú
  • Prof. Beverley Haddad from South Africa
  • Ms Sluita Smith, from American Samoa

I was able to record two of the talks and the links are below. Please note that, most probably, it might be easier to listen to them with earphones.



Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez
Click below to listen to Fr Gutiérrez' talk (in Spanish)



Prof. Beverley Haddad

Click below to listen to Prof. Haddad's talk (in English)




The afternoon session was on: "Growing inequalities: a challenge for the one human family" and had the following presenters:

  • Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
  • Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ
  • Leon de Souza, Youth Coordinator, Caritas Brazil
  • Evelyn Karastamati, Coordinator, Caritas Greece

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

Click below to listen to Prof. Sachs' talk (in English)



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