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CARITAS EUROPA IS COMMITTED TO YOUTH  OUTCOMES OF THE REGIONAL CONFERENCE 2018 HELD AT TBILISI, GEORGIA

 

The importance of the role that youth plays in building a Europe with solidarity and peace was acknowledged by Caritas Europa during the three-day long Regional Conference held in the magnificent city of Tbilisi from May 7 to 9.

Over 150 volunteers, employees, senior staff, and presidents from 42 Caritas organizations across Europe met to further develop youth engagement in Caritas, the Catholic Church and society.

“Young people have a critical role. They are not the future of our peoples; they are the present. Even now, with their dreams and their lives they are forging the spirit of Europe” said Pope Francis, on the occasion of receiving the Charlemagne Prize in 2016.

The Regional Conference has committed to furthering youth engagement and will create a strategy and identify resources to that end. This will require wide and active participation, particularly that of our youth.

“The commitment of Caritas Europa to support the engagement of young people is an important decision. This motivates us to continue to strengthen Young Caritas for a more just Europe,” stressed Andreas Lustenberger, Coordinator of Young Caritas Switzerland.

“Caritas Georgia is fortunate to have so many young volunteers and we are happy that Caritas Europa prioritizes youth. As hosts, we were privileged to share our richly diverse Georgian culture, which reflects the nature of Caritas,” said Anahit Mkhoyan, Director of Caritas Georgia.

 

New Board

During the Regional Conference all European Caritas members elected their network’s representatives to leadership positions for a four-year term effective from May 2019 to May 2023.

Members-elect are as follows:

President: Luc Van Looy

Vice-President: Bernard Thibaud

General Secretary: Maria Nyman

 

Executive Committee:

Caritas France – Secours Catholique

Caritas Norway

Caritas Scotland (SCIAF)

Caritas Slovakia

Caritas Spain

Caritas Sweden

Caritas Switzerland

Caritas Ukraine

Caritas Internationalis Delegation Council members:

Caritas Spain

Caritas Ukraine