Bringing people into the center

Bringing people into the center

Caritas association focuses on inclusion… © Fredrik Von Erichsen

Bringing people into the center

…of the Katholikentag in Leipzig © Jan Woitas

The German Caritas Association is moving closer to the 100. Catholic Congress in Leipzig in May to focus on inclusion and refugees. This is stated in the program presented by the welfare association.

"We want to bring people who seem to be on the margins into our midst, give them a voice, take up their concerns," explained the Caritas director of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen, Matthias Mitzscherlich, on Wednesday in Leipzig.

Caritas association presents Catholic Day program

He made the remarks during the presentation of the 70-page program that the charity has published from 25. to 29. May at the major Christian event offers. Talks and panels will discuss current social ies that are also relevant to non-Christians, such as care, poverty and abuse.

Berlin Caritas director Ulrike Kostka discusses visions of future social coexistence with German President Joachim Gauck and scientists. A panel debates the question of sexuality and partnership of disabled people. Performances by a sign choir and a deaf orchestra are on the program.

Caritas village

The special challenge of Caritas and Diakonia in the diaspora is also a topic of discussion. Mitzscherlich emphasized: "We have deliberately included many representatives from the region in the panels in order to always include the perspective of the minority situation on the most diverse ies."

Caritas presents itself at the Jubilee Catholic Day with, among other things, its own disabled-friendly stage including sign language interpreters on Leipzig's market square as well as a "Caritas Village". In addition, a church service under the motto "Make yourself strong for generational justice" is planned with DCV President Peter Neher.

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