How Caritas is structured

A description of Caritas Internationalis’ governing bodies and their functions.

Caritas has more than 160 members. A member is a national charitable Catholic organisation or a collective group of them that works with the support of their Church.


Caritas Internationalis is made up of seven regions. Members of regions work together on common issues, strengthening each other and contributing to global action. They are Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa (MONA), North America, and Oceania.


Every four years, representatives from our member organisations worldwide meet in the Vatican City to review work carried out and approve a strategic framework and a budget. The most recent gathering of the General Assembly was in May 2019. The General Assembly elects the Representative Council to serve four-year rotating terms to govern the confederation’s activities.

The General Assembly elects the Caritas Internationalis president, vice presidents, secretary general and treasurer. The president and two vice presidents are ex officio members of the Executive Board which is composed of seven members, three of which are appointed by the Holy See and one is elected by the Representative Council.

Our President

The President is the global representative of Caritas Internationalis. The current incumbent is Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. He was elected President at the 20th General Assembly in May 2015 and was re-elected in May 2019.

Our Secretary General

The Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Internationalis is Aloysius John. He was elected as Secretary General at the 21st General Assembly in May 2019.

Our Treasurer

Alexander Bodmann is the treasurer of Caritas Internationalis. He was elected in May 2015 and was re-elected in May 2019.

General Secretariat and offices

The General Secretariat of the Caritas confederation is based in the Vatican City. It coordinates emergency response, policy and advocacy, communications, international representation and capacity building. The General Secretariat also has international delegations at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva.

Member organisations

National Caritas organisations are linked to their bishop’s conferences. They commit to good governance, transparency and accountability as members of Caritas Internationalis.

Ecclesiastical Assistant

Fr. Pierre Cibambo Ntakobajira was appointed the Ecclesiastical Assistant to Caritas Internationalis in 2012 by the Holy See.


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