Press Releases

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If you have any questions or you are interested in interviews with experts from Caritas Czech Republic or in other information about  humanitarian aid and development cooperation, please contact Anna Matysková,, 603 511 242.

Caritas Czech Republic launches a fundraising appeal to aid the tsunami victims in Indonesia

Caritas For Indonesia

On Friday, 28 September the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (or Celebes) has suffered the most intensive of earthquakes so far, with a force of 7.4 on the Richter scale. The subsequent tsunami wave has taken the toll of hundreds of human lives; the total number of affected people could reach several hundreds of thousands, according to some estimates even two million. Caritas Czech Republic has therefore launched a fundraising appeal to support the victims of the tsunami as well as the restoration of the country.

Caritas India on Mother Teresa’s canonisation

Mother Teresa visits CRS, Caritas member in the USA (photo: CRS).

Mother Teresa will be canonized on 4 September in Rome. Caritas India reflects on her compassionate and loving service to humanity. “She sought not to convert, but to make the lives of the people better”, says Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Mother Teresa merged the Gospel values with Indian values while rendering service to the destitute and poorest of the poor in India. Read more on

Earthquake relief effort continue through night in Italy

Caritas staff have offered local accommodation for people forced from their homes, and where possible are providing counselling and basic necessities following Wednesday’s quake (photo: Caritas Italy).

Caritas and church volunteers have been providing food to rescue workers and people affected by Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy. The quake hit 24 August in the Rieti region, causing severe damage and loss of life in the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. Read more on

Caritas helps earthquake victims in Italy

Ruined house in Italy.

A strong earthquake struck central Italy on the  night of 24 August, resulting in material damage, and the death of 240 people. Rescuers and police keep searching for survivors in the wreckage. Volunteers, religious brothers  and bishops helped Caritas Italy to distribute food and other humanitarian aid. Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church expressed solidarity with the victims and Caritas Czech Republic has provided financial aid from its crisis fund.

Every year lots of humanitarian workers die in helping others

Every year lots of humanitarian workers die in helping others.

On Friday 19th August, we remember the World Humanitarian Day dedicated to humanitarian workers. According to The Aid Worker Security Database, 287 humanitarian workers in helping others were killed, kidnapped or hurt last year. Organizations associated in FoRS - the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation and The Czech Red Cross see as important to point out this fact and also to remind people of the number of humanitarian crises in the world.

The United Nations World Humanitarian Summit: Appeal to policymakers for determinacy

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

The first historical World Humanitarian Summit of the United Nations is objective in adopting steps to take possible mitigation and prevention measures of human suffering begins today. Czech Republic official delegation headed by vice president of government, Pavel Belobradek, are to head to Istanbul where the two-day summit is held.