Caritas Asia Extraordinary meeting on May 26th, 2019 witnessed a warm handover of leadership key to the new Caritas Asia President, Dr. Benedict D’Rozario, and the incoming Regional Commission Members of Philippines, Mongolia, Korea and Nepal, from the outgoing Caritas Asia president, Archbishop Isao Kikuchi, and regional commission members of Pakistan, Myanmar, and Macau
Caritas Mongolia served as the regional commission member to represent Central Asia in the previous term and is reappointed by the sub region for 2019 – 2022 term.
The extraordinary meeting of Asian Caritas Directors was held to ratify the election of new Caritas Asia President and Regional Commission members on 21 – 22 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The conference expressed its hope to the new leadership to continue great work of the predecessors and to further strengthen the collaboration of Caritas with other Catholic and church-based organizations in responding to the growing religious-based violence across Asia. Upon a heartfelt presentation of Caritas Sri Lanka, the Conference is committed that Caritas should actively engaged with different stakeholders to build a bridge towards peace.
Also in the meeting, the conference welcomed Caritas Kyrgyzstan and CHARIS-Singapore to become the official full members of the confederation, as well as the new Directors and management roles of Caritas Nepal, KARINA – Caritas Indonesia and Caritas Japan respectively.
Caritas members in Asia joined more than 400 participants, coming from around the globe, at the 21st Caritas Internationalis General Assembly held from 23 to 28 May 2019.