The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Why Caritas?

We work to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable locally and globally through our uniquely integrated approach to emergency response, community development, advocacy and education.

"Concern for the environment needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society."

Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Inspired and guided by Scripture and Catholic social teaching , we work for a world free of poverty and injustice by providing relief in emergency situations, working alongside local partners on long-term community development projects, advocating for justice to create local and global change, and educating our youth on issues of social justice.

Emergency response

As part of the second largest humanitarian network in the world, we provide relief to people in emergencies across the globe – regardless of their ethnicity, religion or nationality. 

We work to help communities before, during and after emergencies like cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and emergencies created by conflict.

During an emergency we work with those affected to provide immediate aid and ensure the needs of the most vulnerable are met. Following an emergency we continue working with communities to help them recover and build back stronger to ensure they are more resilient in the face of future emergencies.

Development programmes

We promote authentic human development, which means development of the whole person. In accordance with Catholic social teaching, we provide for the economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing of poor and vulnerable people, families and communities.

An integral part of our approach is to empower local communities and ensure their ownership of projects that include supplying drinking water, strengthening health care, creating sustainable livelihoods, improving education opportunities and promoting human rights.

Advocacy work

Our advocacy work allows us to speak and act on behalf of others. It provides a voice for people whose voice is not easily heard and enables us to influence attitudes and create meaningful change at national, regional, and global levels.


We promote awareness and increase understanding of social justice issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching (CST) by providing primary and secondary schools with a range of curriculum-based resources, supported by school visits and events.

We also provide parishes, youth groups and other Catholic communities with resources that incorporate Church doctrine and CST. This material is aimed at helping people understand the underlying causes of poverty and empowering them to end injustice.

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