Caritas Europa

Caritas Europa is the network of Caritas organisations on the European continent.  The united strength of its 49 members, present in 46 European countries, makes of Caritas Europa one of the major social actors in Europe.  The network brings forward the needs of the people experiencing poverty and the voice of its member organisations to the European Institutions, European Union Member States, public authorities, and private stakeholders.

In Europe, Caritas Europa focuses its activities on issues relating to poverty, social exclusion, inequality, migration and asylum. On the global level, Caritas Europa is actively engaged in humanitarian assistance and international development throughout the world.  As a network, Caritas Europa also ensures the qualitative strengthening of the network by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise in order to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of each of its members.

In order to accomplish its mission, Caritas Europa is permanently and actively in dialogue and eventual cooperation with European Institutions and many relevant organisations and stakeholders in the European environment.  Caritas Europa is also ensuring a permanent monitoring of the Council of Europe.

To ensure complete transparency of its activities towards the Institutions of the European Union, Caritas Europa is registered in the Inter-institutional Transparency Register of the European Union.

Caritas Internationalis

Caritas has more than 160 members.  A member is a national charitable Catholic organisation or a collective group of them that works with the support of their Church.


Caritas Internationalis is made up of seven regions.  Members of regions work together on common issues, strengthening each other and contributing to global action.  They are AfricaAsiaEuropeLatin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa (MONA), North America, and Oceania.The Caritas confederation is unique.  Wherever there is need in the world, there is a Caritas organization to provide practical help, love and support.  Caritas members on the ground respond to emergencies sparked by natural disasters and those created by humans. Caritas comes to the assistance of victims of floods in Europe, to people caught in conflict in Africa, to those suffering the effects of climate change in Oceania.  There, and in Asia, North and South America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa, Caritas is an active, experienced and skilled provider of aid, long-term development, medical and educational services and advocacy for a better, more just world.