Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Check Out Our Favorite Comedian, Stephen Colbert, As He welcomes our favorite pope

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Check out our favorite comedian, Stephen Colbert, as he welcomes our favorite Pope Francis on our special website,

Hey, and you can join him along with TV newsman, Tom Brokaw, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and dozens of other famous and not-so-famous folks as we welcome Pope Francis on his upcoming visit to New York City.

Catholic Charities is providing a platform for everyone to welcome him and share a message of charity.

Send us your short video, photo or text welcome message. We’ll post it here. A collection of the videos will be shared with Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.

Share your welcome.

Cardinal Dolan Reveals Inside Scoop for Pope Francis’ NYC Visit

Friday, July 17th, 2015


What does Pope Francis want to visit during his Sept. 24-25 whirlwind touchdown in New York?

Who does he want to meet?

How can we get a glimpse of him?

And what’s our chance of meeting him face-t0-face?

Cardinal Dolan takes on all these questions in a recent Catholic New York news story.

By Ron Lajoi

Catholic New York

Some of these would be “must see” stops for any traveler on a whirlwind 36-hour visit to the Big Apple. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is of course on the itinerary. So are the United Nations, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and Madison Square Garden. But so is Our Lady Queen of Angels, an inner-city Catholic elementary school in East Harlem, certainly a less likely tourist attraction. But Pope Francis is no ordinary visitor.

“The Pope is very gracious in saying I’m trusting you. What would you like me to see?” said Cardinal Dolan at an informal press briefing June 30 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to discuss the Holy Father’s impending visit to New York Sept. 24-25 as part his larger visit to the United States. New York is the second leg of a three-city visit that begins in Washington, D.C., two days earlier.

“From the beginning he let it be known that he obviously was going to the U.N., that he wanted to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral. But he wanted to see, and these were his words, an inner-city Catholic school. And he wanted to see a Catholic Charities site and he particularly highlighted care for the immigrants,” the Cardinal explained.

The Pope will visit a third grade classroom at Our Lady Queen of Angels…

At the school Pope Francis will also meet in the gymnasium with recent immigrants, refugees and other poor and marginalized people who are cared for by Catholic Charities programs.

When asked what he hoped to show the Holy Father, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, responded, “the strangers who are welcomed by Catholic Charities.”

…A Papal Visit team chaired by Al Kelly, former president of American Express, who also served as president and chief executive officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee in 2014, is coordinating the sprawling itinerary. Organizers expect huge crowds.

…Kelly said two motorcades were being planned to allow as many people as possible to see the Pope.

…Cardinal Dolan said a lottery system would be used to distribute tickets, through the parishes mostly, to events such as the Mass at Madison Square Garden.

“Any of the tickets that we distribute through any sources will not have a charge associated with them,” he said. “They will all be free.”

Clues on What to Expect During Pope Francis’ Visit to NYC

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Pope From Rome

AFP photo / Vincenzo Pintovincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

During one of the Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff, on-the-plane news conferences that have become a hallmarks of his pontificate, he continues to make history on his flight back from Paraguay to Rome.

And as we parse his words, we begin to get an idea of what can we expect from this humble but bold Pope when he visits our Gotham City this September.

Kevin Clarke, a reporter for the Washington Post, writes today that:

Pope Francis is not interested in changing political or economic systems, but in changing hearts, in acts of personal conversion that can lead to social transformation. He is not calling just for better mitigation of the suffering of the poor or reforms of global markets, but change which is redemptive for everyone.

His is a revolution of conscience that “saves” the tiny percentage of the world’s rich from the spiritual morass of materialism as much as it rescues billions around the world from the blunt deprivations of poverty.

He has come not to profess socialism, but to proclaim a social moral principle: that a just economic order—one well within our reach—is one that serves people and protects the earth, not one that exhausts people and creation as disposable economic inputs.

We embrace Pope Francis’ mission at Catholic Charities.  For more than a century we have rebuilt lives and touched every human need promptly, locally, day in and day out.

We applaud you, Pope Francis.  We welcome you.  And we look forward to your visit.

Inside Scoop on Pope Francis’ NYC Visit

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


By Alice Kenny

Details are surfacing about the upcoming historic visit by Pope Francis to the U.S.

And Catholic Charities is here to share them with you!

 The Pope’s whirlwind visit, scheduled from Sept. 23-27, touches down in Washington D.C..  It moves to NYC.  And it culminates in Philadelphia.

Here in New York, Kathryn Lopez reports in National Review,

The pope will be visiting a Catholic Charities center…to see how ‘strangers’ are welcomed in the city (by a church that was built by immigrants), as Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities in New York put it.”

 Adding more details, this time about Pope Francis’ visit to those served by Catholic Charities in Washington DC, Matt Hadro reports in Catholic Online,

“The Pope will visit the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities branch where he will meet with homeless persons attending the charity’s weekly St. Maria’s Meal program, blessing the food.”

 Pope Francis, since his election, has made solidarity with the poor and the defense of immigrants his towering priorities. His determination to spend time with those served by Catholic Charities during his short trip along the East Coast comes as no surprise, says Msgr. Sullivan.

“This is so appropriate,” Msgr. Sullivan says.  “So many of our agencies day in and day out serve newcomers to our country with a wide range of services..Our food pantries feed immigrant children…Refugee are helped with resettlement…Fearful immigrants are aided in how to avoid exploitation and fraud.  Families are reunited.”

Check out Pope Francis’ full itinerary in Catholic Online.

Read CrossStreets as we continue to bring you breaking news on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit!

Celebrate Good Friday with Our Final Lenten Tip of the Day

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

“To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests,” says Pope Francis, “but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.”

Each year we provide charity, help and create hope for nearly 400,000 of our neighbors in need.

Join us.

Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities for updated tips and inspiration.

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Lenten Countdown

Friday, March 27th, 2015

“We must express our faith in action.”  – Pope Francis 

Especially now during Lent, join us at Catholic Charities and express your faith in action.

1.   GIVE



Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities for updated tips and inspiration.

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Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Focuses on Children in Peril

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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Pope Francis used a traditional Christmas address to emphasize the plight of children in areas of conflict, pointing out their “impotent silence” that “cries out under the spade of many Herods,” a reference to the ancient king who slaughtered all the young boys of Bethlehem, according to the New Testament, reports Elisabetha Poveledo in The New York Times.

Vast numbers of children today are victims of violence, objects of trade and trafficking, or forced to become soldiers, and they need to be saved, he said.

The pope spoke of ‘children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence.’

Catholic Charities is lead provider of humanitarian help  including legal, social and financial support for the abused children Pope Francis spoke about who flee their native lands and seek protection in the United States.

Do you or does someone you know need help?

Call Catholic Charities-administered New York State New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.

Read the full story in The New York Times.