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‘The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity (caritas). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable. For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature.’
Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est

Advent Reflection from Cardinal Tagle, Caritas Internationalis

tagle smallLet us just take a moment this Advent to reflect on how many times we see news images of pregnant migrant women crossing deserts or getting off unsafe boats, with no home to go to.

Can we imagine ourselves being on their journey or on Joseph and Mary’s migrant journey to Bethlehem? The town was not equipped to welcome or accommodate them. It could not offer the care a pregnant woman needed. The Holy Family was one family too many for this small place.

Can we put ourselves in the shoes of the shepherds who went to visit the Christ child? They were uneducated outcasts in their society and yet the angels appeared to them, not to a rich landowner, and said, “Do not be afraid.”  

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The Caritas Plymouth network

The Caritas Plymouth network is a confederation of local Catholic charities and parishes.

The network will provide mutual support, strategic direction and added value.

It will also develop social action projects which address local need or unite parishes for the common good of society. 

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World day of the poor - 17 Nov 2019

rsz wdopCaritas Plymouth organised a conference on poverty on 12 October to look at the causes and impact of poverty in advance of the World Day of the Poor.

The CST principle of participation was at the heart of the day so we had testimonies from people with lived experience and discussion groups looking at how we could put people living in poverty at the heart of the church. 

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