Religion Past and Present

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I. Establishment – II. History – III. Current Situation

I. Establishment

1. Founders.

The notion of caritas as social assistance to those in need deriving from a sense of Christian responsibility has existed as long as the church itself. However, the organizational unification of such efforts beyond the boundaries of the dioceses and without exclusive ties to the socio-charitable religious orders is a modern phenomeno…

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Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph, “Caritas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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