Caritas Internationalis (CI)

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Founded 1950, Rome (Italy), as International Caritas Conference (ICC), to respond to the need for a high-level global umbrella organization for the various national Catholic humanitarian assistance, social service and development organizations worldwide, many of which use the name Caritas. Incorporated the already existing 'Caritas Internationalis' based in Lucerne (Switzerland). Statutes were approved and adopted on an ad experimentum basis in Sep 1950. Constitutional Assembly took place 12-14 Dec 1951, Rome, and was attended by delegates from national organizations in 13 countries. Current name adopted 4 Nov 1954. Acronym CI in official use since Feb 1957. Full title: Caritas Internationalis - International Confederation of Catholic Organizations for Charitable and Social Action - Confédération internationale d'organismes catholiques d'action charitable et sociale - Confederación Internacional de Organizaciones Católicas de Acción Caritativa y Social.


Stimulate and aid national Caritas organizations to facilitate assistance, advancement and integral development of the most underprivileged, by means of active charity in keeping with the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.

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knowledge management/information dissemination; advocacy/lobbying/activism.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List): Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 77 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 166 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Disadvantaged
  • Social Activity
    • Welfare
  • Theology
    • Catholicism
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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