The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis (CI), Michel Roy, was in Montreal this week to visit the head office of Development and Peace, as part of a tour of the Americas that included visits with CI members Caritas Haiti and Catholic Relief Services in the United States. Development and Peace is the Canadian member of CI, which is a federation of 164 Catholic aid and development organizations worldwide.
He presented the work of the CI federation, whose headquarters is in Rome, and highlighted the fact that disasters, whether natural or due to other causes, are becoming more and more frequent and are having increasingly devastating impacts on the poor of the Global South. Mr. Roy was elected Secretary General of CI last May at the the federation’s General Assembly in Rome, where Development and Peace Executive Director Michael Casey was also elected Vice-President North America of the Executive Committee of CI for a term of four years.
In addition to its humanitarian aid work, CI also has development and advocacy programs. It is the second largest humanitarian aid network in the world, and Development and Peace regularly contributes to its emergency appeals. It should be remembered that 10 percent of donations made during the Share Lent campaign go towards funding for humanitarian aid in emergency situations.
During his time in Canada, Mr. Roy also made a stop in Ottawa to visit with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.