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Caritas Dili is an organization established in 1976 with the name of DELSOS (Delagatus Sosial) and under the Dili Diocesian Social Commission. It was originally an emergency body established to respond to the needs of the victims of civil war, of the Indonesian invasion, famine and continuing political conflict.

Delsos was reorganised in 1991 with a new spirit to start, and develop, a just, fraternal, and social economic development process. Delsos was also made responsible for the formation of community leaders in the Parishes who would be given a firm basis in Christian social teaching. It was designed that through DELSOS the Church in East Timor would help create a new Christian social ethos based on Liberty, Justice, and Peace.

In the year 1996 the name of Delsos was changed to Caritas Dili. This change of name is intended to bring Caritas Dili into a wider family of agencies in the international Church, giving it a broader perspective, giving it a universal vision, and preparing it to become a member of appropriate international bodies. It is also intended that this identification of Caritas Dili will assist it in establishing close cooperation with the other partners in social action both in the Church and Government.

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