My command is this
“Love each other as I have loved you”
Since her foundation, the Church of Christ, the people of the baptised, “was devoted to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship / koinonia (preaching / kerygma – witness / martyria), the celebration of Eucharist and prayers (worship / leiturgia), …they had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need” (ministry of love /diakonia) (Acts 2:42-44) and to this day it continues its triple mission all over the world.
Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter (11-11-2012) in the form of a Motu Proprio entitled “Deus Caritas Est”, repeats the above with a different expression: “The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable”.
However, he continues referring in an extensive and detailed manner to the “service of charity (diakonia)”: “The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Church’s mission and an indispensable expression of her very being; all the faithful have the right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left us (Jn 15:12, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you), and to offering our contemporaries not only material assistance, but also refreshment and care for their souls. The Church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular Churches or on the level of the universal Church. This requires organisation “if it is to be an ordered service to the community”, an organisation which entails a variety of institutional expressions.”
“The organized charitable initiatives promoted by the faithful in various places differ widely one from the other, and call for appropriate management. In a particular way, the work of Caritas has expanded at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels. Caritas is an institution promoted by the ecclesiastical Hierarchy which has rightly earned the esteem and trust of the faithful and of many other people around the world for its generous and consistent witness of faith and its concrete ability to respond to the needs of the poor.
In addition to this broad initiative, officially supported by the Church’s authority, many other initiatives have arisen in different places from the free enterprise of the faithful, who themselves wish to help in various ways to offer a concrete witness of charity towards those in need. While differing in their origin and juridical status, both are expressions of sensitivity and a desire to respond to the same pressing need.”
our VISION and MISSION
Caritas Hellas aims to put the Gospel message of Love and Justice in practice, for an integral human development, with emphasis on Individuals and Groups of people who need help without any discrimination.
Caritas Hellas coordinates operations in emergencies, implements social work and advocates for a better and fairer world for all people. Caritas Hellas management, employees and volunteers strongly believe that it is important for people to live with dignity.
The Council of Catholic Hierarchy in Greece officially embraced this organization, for the materialization of the “ministry of charity” in the Greek territory, and founded the CARITAS organization (means CHARITY) on a parish, local and national level.