Nairobi, 26 September, 2023 / 10:10 pm (ACI Africa).
Caritas is an entity under the auspices of the Catholic Church hierarchy, and as such operates with the goal to witness the person of Jesus Christ, distinct from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), the new President of Caritas Africa has said.
Speaking during the three-day Caritas Africa Regional Commission meeting that ended on September 22, Mons. Pierre Cibambo who was elected President of Caritas Africa in May underscored the need for professionalism in the undertakings of Caritas as the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church.
“Caritas is Church; Caritas acts on behalf of the Church, as part of the Church, under the guidance of the Church and under the guidance of the Bishops, who are the fathers of charity, because they preside over charity in their respective and particular churches,” Mons. Cibambo is quoted as saying in a September 23 report following the meeting that was held in Abuja, Nigeria.
He emphasized, “This has to be understood very well, and it is also part of my mission to ensure that this is understood very well, that we are not operating as an NGO, we are operating as a Church.”
The new Caritas Africa President who was officially installed during the Abuja three-day meeting went on to call for competence and professionalism among Caritas personnel, who he said are to be witnesses of the Gospel. He said, “Caritas workers need to be professional, competent, and ready to serve with the formation of the heart as witnesses of Christ.”