‘Francis effect’ boosts aid charity

14 May 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome
Caritas is attracting more volunteers and donations thanks to the “Francis effect”, the general secretary of the Church’s humanitarian network said this week. Speaking at the Caritas general assembly in Rome, Michel Roy said even poor countries such as those in the Balkans had donated generously to crises such as the Nepal earthquake.The invitation to the Peruvian priest, Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez, known as the “father of liberation theology”, to address the assembly is seen as further evidence that under Francis’ pontificate, Caritas and the Vatican have found common ground. The network had previously been criticised for not doing enough to promote an explicitly Christian message.Delegates from 164 member organisations met in Rome for four days of ta

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