Cáritas Diocesana do Algarve will celebrate its 62 years of existence and the 50 years of its Children's Centre, on the 18th of October. The date will be marked with a cycle of conferences that will go through the four vicarages of the diocese until 7 December.
The inaugural conference is scheduled for October 18, in the auditorium of the Library of Tavira, and will be given by José Eduardo Borges de Pinho, full professor at the Faculty of Theology, at the Catholic University of Portugal.
On the 8th of November, Juan Ambrosio, another professor from the same faculty, will speak at the Pastoral and Social Center of Loulé.
On the 15th, at the São José Seminary, in Faro, the speaker will be Eugénio da Fonseca, president of Cáritas Portuguesa.
The closing conference, on December 7, will take place at the Pastoral Center of the Igreja Matriz in Portimão, with Father José Manuel Pereira de Almeida, vice-rector of the Catholic University of Portugal. All conferences will start at 21pm.
Anniversaries will also be marked with the celebration of a Eucharist on World Poor Day, 17 November, at 12:15 pm, in the Cathedral of Faro, chaired by the Bishop of the Algarve.
Cáritas will also promote the Christmas campaign, whose street demonstration will take place in the parish of Ferreiras, on December 21st, and the XIX Social Action Days, which will take place on March 7th of next year, at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Algarve, in Ferragudo.
Carlos Oliveira, president of Cáritas Diocesana, also highlights the creation of the Advisory Board that will “help the management to become aware of the reality in each of the vicarages and, subsequently, to promote actions aimed at these realities”.
The “+Next” program will also be implemented, which focuses on the training of pastoral agents.