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.
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
Caritas France – Secours Catholique
Caritas Scotland (SCIAF)
Caritas Internationalis Delegation Council members: