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Youth at the centre of Caritas’ action

The Annual Regional Conference of the Caritas Europa Network will be held from 7 to 9 May in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the participation of representatives from 41 countries of Old Epirus, aiming at exploring and developing ways to empower youth.

The meeting, which is the main decision-making body, is being held under the auspices of Caritas Georgia. The experiences and testimonies of the participants will contribute to strengthening youth participation in the Caritas Europa network, the Catholic Church and society at large.

“Caritas is a large family with an extremely strong message. Together with our colleagues and volunteers we can set an example and make a difference for the most vulnerable and poor. In this work, we must also give young people the opportunity to express their solidarity and to empower them to become active participants in their societies,” says Paul Galles, coordinator of the solidarity volunteers at Young Caritas Luxembourg and one of the facilitators of the Young Caritas in Europe network.

Within Caritas, many young people already volunteer as they wish to commit and to help people in need in their communities. Through their actions, they demand for social justice and equal opportunities for everyone. They want to set an example and help create a better future for all.

“We are the pupils, the young are the teachers. Young Caritas is important for the whole network; we have to support the engagement of young people throughout Europe. Young Caritas will shape the image of Caritas in the Church and society, in this changing Europe of today and tomorrow,” says Msgr. Luc Van Looy, President of Caritas Europa and Bishop of Ghent.

Caritas Europa promotes the participation of young people so that they can become actively involved in shaping actions that affect them directly. By empowering young people today, we ensure a fair, inclusive and social Europe tomorrow.