A charity set up to help migrants seeking asylum in Italy is suspected of involvement in an embezzlement scandal in which €4 million in funds meant for migrants were allegedly misappropriated. Caritas Italiana operations are also being investigated.
Delegates at the Caritas Internationalis meeting in Rome last week were praised for working with Vatican reforms and accepting Francis’ exhortation that their worldwide network of aid charities should be more than ‘compassionate NGOs’
The Pope has promised to declassify the Vatican archive on the Argentinian junta in a move that could allow the families of thousands of victims finally to discover the fate of their loved ones, writes Hannah Roberts.
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.