Caritas Marks World Humanitarian Day 2020

On World Humanitarian Day 2020, Caritas Internationalis draws attention to the role of local communities as actors of immediate solidarity and calls for greater support to local civil society organizations, especially faith-based ones, which around the world are supporting, helping and empowering local communities.

Every year on August 19th – the day when in 2003 a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, killed 22 people, including the UN chief humanitarian in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello – the World Humanitarian Day recognizes the work of those who promote the dignity, the protection and the welfare of vulnerable people around the world.

Local Caritas in Flores, Indonesia distributes masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Caritas Indonesia

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Lourdes: Cardinal Parolin Asserts ‘the Power of Mercy’

On celebrating the Mass of the Assumption, at the Shrine of Lourdes this past August 15, the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin praised the “power of mercy.”

In his homily reported by “Vatican News,” the Cardinal recalled the present context, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous conflicts, and he invited to turn to “Mary with immense confidence, with the firm certitude that She will listen to us. Mary, in fact, resplendent with glory, shows herself to us as a sign of consolation and sure hope.”

“Jesus reigns over history and over the human family while awaiting the day where there will no longer be death as God will be all in all. To reign means to exercise a power. What, then, is Jesus’ power? It’s the power of mercy, the power of forgiveness, the power of friendship, the power of being love and of loving,” he added.

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