Caritas Invites Young People to Volunteer

New Secretary-General Tells of Experience as a Student
MADRID, Spain, AUG. 17, 2011 ( The new secretary-general of the Church’s charity organization says that young people are a « powerful force » when Caritas responds to crises.
Michel Roy, who was elected in May to lead the confederation of charity organizations, addressed youth gathered in Madrid in an Aug. 8 statement.
He affirmed that their role in Caritas Internationalis is important, and told them that « Caritas organizations in 165 countries around the world are waiting to welcome you. »
Roy noted youth assistance in Japan, their help with the HAART program for AIDS victims, and their fundraisers in Europe.
« These young people don’t just provide a service, but they bring love, compassion and tolerance to their contributions to the work of Caritas, » he said.
The French-born leader noted that the current global context is difficult for youth, but he said the « Arab Spring » shows how « new generations everywhere can instigate change and can use new means to combat the old limitations of their societies. »
« At a time when the world seems darkened by economic crisis, social problems and instability, it is the young who bring fresh energy and who shine a light which can help guide us forward as one, » Roy said.
Memory lane
Roy told the youth of his own beginnings in Caritas — three decades ago as a student who found himself welcoming Southeast Asian refugees to France.
« That experience is one of those that drove me to get involved in the Church’s response to poverty and which made me understand the importance of making a personal contribution to the difficulties of others, » he said.
Roy continued, « I’d like to echo the Pope’s call when he says ‘the Church depends on you! She needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope.’ »
And he told the youth that Caritas is there to help those who « need help and support and who are facing the world alone » but also that the Church’s charity groups are there « for those who would like the opportunity to offer their services to the poor. »
« You are the future for the victims of earthquakes, migrants stranded at sea and for all those who are poor and vulnerable, » Roy stated. « Together with your brothers and sisters at World Youth Day, you have the chance to build firm foundations of truth and solidarity for all. »
(Source: Zenit)





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