Caritas Internationalis celebrate its 70th Anniversary today, and it has passed seven decades since the constituent assembly of Confederation met in Rome from 12 to 14 December 1951. During the early years there were only 14 caritas members in the confederation while today there are 162 operating in 200 countries and territories.

Since its inception, Caritas Internationalis has been entrusted with the mission of promoting the primacy of the human person at the centre of all human activities. In the aftermath of the Second World War, a moment of crisis where Europe was striving to redefine its existence, caritas came into existence as the caring and loving hand of the Mother Church to sever and promote the human person.

This year, CI Marks this anniversary by bearing witness to the work of charity in association and in communion with the poor and also offer space for testimony the unity in the diversity of a confederation which is structured in seven regions.

We as Caritas Sri Lanka, as a member of the confederation on this day, and as we celebrate the anniversary of our confederation, we pray together for all those who work in our confederation in different capacities for the betterment of lives and caring of the poor and vulnerable people.