- Catholic Volunteer Work - An Asset for the Entire Country
Fifth workshop held by the Religious and Nonprofit Organisation Department as part of the Conference on the Church's Social Policy
The role of Catholic nonprofit associations as a tool for weaving a stronger social fabric. This is the theme at the heart of the fifth workshop, produced by the Religious and Nonprofit Organisation Department within Cattolica Assicurazioni, which took place during the most recent Conference on Social Policy.
The event, entitled Catholic Volunteer Work. An Asset for the Entire Country, held Friday, 24 November, at the Cattolica Center Auditorium, brought together corporate leadership and the Group's Nonprofit Advisory Committee to have a discussion on this topic, one that impacts not only the Church and the Clergy, but lay organisations which today are affected in the new reform.
Cattolica's Chairman, Paolo Bedoni, reminded those present that the Group’s own history, culture, and expertise are rooted in volunteerism and nonprofit work. CEO Alberto Minali noted the role the company plays in terms of corporate social responsibility: it is the only company within the panoply of Italian insurance company's with a department dedicated to the Church, and to nonprofits.
Representing the nonprofit sector, and rounding out the discussions, was Matteo Truffelli, the national chairperson of Azione Cattolica Italiana, celebrating (in 2017) its 150th year of operations. «In keeping with the Conference's theme Loyalty and Change», noted Mr Truffelli, «we ourselves can bear witness that it is possible to change and to evolve in order to stay faithful to our core values, and to have real impact on people's lives».