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Caritas Asia 2024 Regional Conference: A Call to action for Healing and Dignity

Opening Mass of the Caritas Asia 2024 Regional Conference and Partners Forum in Bangkok. (Photo supplied)

"Together, we can be the answer to the cries of our world. We can be the change that brings healing to the earth and dignity to the poor,” says Archbishop Peter B. Wells, Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand and Cambodia and apostolic Delegate to Laos.

His powerful message resonated deeply during the opening Mass of the Caritas Asia 2024 Regional Conference and Partners’ Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 11.

The conference, which brings together representatives from 25 member organizations across Central, East, South, and Southeast Asia, focuses on fostering resilient and inclusive communities.

These organizations, united under Caritas Asia, form a vital network of social development agencies within the Catholic Church in Asia.

Father Edwin A. Gariguez, former executive secretary at Caritas Philippines, is the keynote speaker with the theme “Responding to the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth for resilient and inclusive communities.”

Prominent figures in the Caritas network, including Mr. Alistair Dutton, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo, President of Caritas Internationalis, Fr. Pairat Sriprasert, the local host, and Dr. Benedict Alo D. Rozario, President of Caritas Asia, also addressed the gathering.

Each highlighted the critical role of Caritas in promoting social justice, environmental stewardship, and the dignity of all people.

As the conference progresses, participants will engage in discussions and workshops to strengthen their collective capacity to tackle the intertwined challenges of poverty and environmental sustainability.

The event underscores the commitment of Caritas Asia to be a beacon of hope and a catalyst for positive change in a world grappling with profound social and ecological crises.


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