Caritas Malaysia is inspired by the Gospels and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We respond to humanitarian crises, promote integral human development and advocate on the causes of poverty and violence. We animate Catholic communities and all people of good will in solidarity with their suffering brothers, sisters and creation. We work to ensure that our natural environment is managed responsibly and sustainably for all.
“Caritas is the heart of the Church” (Pope Benedict, 2013) and “Caritas is the caress of the Mother Church to those suffering” (Pope Francis, 2013), to enlighten society towards greater solidarity, fraternity and justice.
The work ethics and processes at Caritas Malaysia are driven by three guiding principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
1. Subsidiarity: Empowering all levels inside and outside Caritas to ensure that decision making happens at the most appropriate level and that those affected have a voice in the entire process.
2. Common good: Working in solidarity, for the good of all in society, by respecting the rights and dignity of every person regardless of their background.
3. Co-responsibility: Each level – local community, parish, diocese and national office collaborating with laity, religious and clergy as one body – to grow the social mission of the Catholic Church, to serve the poor and marginalised so as to promote charity and integral development for the attainment of peace and justice.