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Cardinal calls for greater role for religious organizations in humanitarian aid

May 26, 2016

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the president of the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies called for a greater role for religious organizations in aid distribution.

“In fact, they are already there before the conflict and during the conflict and when the international organizations have left the area, the volunteers from faith-based groups remain,” said Cardinal Luis Antonlio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis.

“Because of their connection to the communities, knowing the culture, the mentalities, the dreams, what works and what does doesn’t work, they really should be given a bigger responsibility,” he continued.

Sean Callahan of Catholic Relief Services told the summit participants that “our collective unwillingness to prevent or prepare adequately for disasters is a systemic moral failure.”

“Too many innocent people suffer from the consequences of disasters caused by or aggravated by human action and inaction,” he said. “It is the time to reform the global humanitarian system.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 26, 2016 10:32 AM ET USA

    Is it possible that the greater moral failure is the failure to evangelize those who receive the aid? Maybe the situation has changed, but the last time I checked CRS was not in the business of evangelization; rather it was in the business of business--of the secular nature.