Caritas Readies for Focus on Africa in '09

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NAIROBI, Kenya, MARCH 10, 2009 ( The international Caritas organization is welcoming an increased focus on Africa to be brought about by Benedict XVI’s visit this month and the synod in October.

Caritas members from 22 African countries and Caritas representatives from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Oceania met in Nairobi last week.

Delegates discussed the challenges facing the poor and vulnerable in Africa, especially with regards to responding to emergencies, the global economic crisis, climate change, migration and peace building.

Caritas Africa President Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga from Uganda affirmed: “The visits to Angola and Cameroon by the Holy Father and the synod are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of the Church in Africa.

“It will also be a moment to reflect on the challenges that face people in Africa where, for many, poverty remains an unacceptable scandal. […] In Nairobi this week, we have discussed how to work better by meeting common standards, sharing best practices and information, and coordinating our global efforts on behalf of the vulnerable.”

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