Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

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.”

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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

2.    VOLUNTEER

3.    LEND YOUR VOICE

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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.

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Read the full story in The New York Times.

Pope Francis Calls Us to Sow Hope

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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We have Thanksgiving, a day for giving thanks.  We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days for getting deals.

And today, we have #Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.

“Poverty calls us to sow hope,” Pope Francis tells us. “Poverty is the flesh of the poor Jesus, in that child who is hungry, in the one who is sick.”

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Pope Francis Shares Top 10 Secrets To Happiness

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Pope Francis shared his ten tips to happiness, summarized just for you below.

  1.  Let everyone be themselves.
  2.  Give yourself tirelessly to others.
  3.  Walk softly.
  4.  Be available to your kids and family.
  5.  Spend Sundays (or a day of rest) with family.
  6.  Work toward empowering young people.
  7.  Care for the environment.
  8.  Move on.
  9.  Respect others’ opinions.
  10.  Actively strive for peace.

Be yourself.  Give tirelessly to others.  Walk softly. Empower others and actively strive for peace.

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Learn more about Pope Francis’ tips for happiness in the Huffington Post.

Cardinal Dolan Says Mass with Immigrant Children

Monday, August 4th, 2014

By Alice Kenny


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With unaccompanied minors serving as acolytes and filling the chapel, Cardinal Dolan celebrated mass on Sunday, August 3, at Catholic Charities affiliate Lincoln Hall.

These children who recently fled their homelands to escape violence and seek reunification with family members are finding safety at Lincoln Hall, a 19th-century mountain fortress whose history of protecting children alone and in need dates back to the orphans it took in during the Civil Wars

“Caring for the downtrodden, the outcast, the stranger among us, is part of our call as Catholics and we here in the Archdiocese of New York have been doing just that for more than 200 years,” Cardinal Dolan wrote in his recent blog post about the mass.

Every week, in cottages that dot a bluff at Lincoln Hall in Northern Westchester and in shelter facilities for unaccompanied youth across the area, Catholic Charities’ team of lawyers and paralegals encounters many of the thousands of children in the United States who have fled alone from abuse and violence in their homelands and who seek the comfort of a parent or loved one here.

“Pope Francis said it so well,” Cardinal Dolan wrote on his blog, “when he reminded us that ‘this humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’

“And that is just what Catholic Charities, parishes, professionals and volunteers throughout the country are doing.”

Pope Francis: Child Migrants to U.S. Must Be ‘Welcomed and Protected’

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Pope has called for tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants to be “welcomed and protected” as they attempt to enter the U.S. from Central America and Mexico, reports Elizabeth Dias in Time magazine.

In a letter read Monday at a Vatican conference in Mexico City on human migration and development, Pope Francis said migration “has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.”

The Vatican Radio translation continues with the Pope noting: “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often die, tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.”

The pontiff calls on nations to become more welcoming towards migrants, singling out the increasing numbers of children who migrate alone as deserving special care and attention.

“They are increasing day by day,” the Pope said, in a reference to the rising number of unaccompanied child migrants attempting to cross the U.S. border. “The humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.”

Pope Francis ended the letter by suggesting that the international community should inform migrants about the dangers of their journey and instead promote development in their home countries.

Hear more on Vatican Radio.

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