The General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis will be held in Rome from 11 to 16 May on the theme <b>"Building new paths of fraternity",</b> inspired by the Encyclical Letter Fratelli tutti.
About 400 delegates will participate, representing the 162 Caritas organizations operating in 200 countries and territories around the world. The programme planned for these days of work includes, among many initiatives, a private audience with Pope Francis and a round table on the challenges and role of Caritas in the world, with the participation of the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Mgr. Paul Richard Gallagher.
In addition to Caritas representatives from around the world, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Michael Czerny, and the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, will speak at the General Assembly.
Caritas delegates will reflect on how their organizations can work better together on behalf of the poorest and most vulnerable, given the fact that millions of people around the world are affected by multiple crises, such as the war in Ukraine, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change or food insecurity.
Finally, during the General Assembly the new leadership of the Caritas Confederation will be elected, to be in office for the next four years, from 2023 to 2027.