FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
A GERMAN priest who is a long-time resident of Hong Kong is the new president of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic charities organisation.
Mgr. Karl Vath, who founded the Catholic Relief Centre in Hong Kong—where he had previously been a successful businessman — succeeds a
Jean Frenchman, Mgr. Jean Rodhain.
Delegates at the ninth general assembly of Caritas Internationalis were received by the Pope last week. He said of the native costumes worn by many delegates from Africa, Asia and Latin America : "Your delegation is indeed impressive and represents all the continents. You are the very image of the Church.
"You relieve the most varied human needs, needs of food, clothing and shelter, but also of care, contact, understanding and friendship. You build a brotherly world in which the eye is vigilant, the hand charitable and the heart open to all physical and moral miseries."
Caritas Internationalis was founded by Pope Pius Xli to co-ordinate with the Vatican the activities of national Catholic relief agencies.
Since its founding in 1952 with a charter membership from 12 agencies of the Western world, Caritas has been responsible for developing local agencies in many of the emerging nations. Member agencies who bring relief supplies to disaster areas coordinate their efforts under local Caritas agencies.