Pope: Papal Foundation bears witness to the Church's untiring efforts

The US institution is back in Vatican this year. “It is a joy for me to be with you once again,” the Pope said, “and to express my gratitude for the generous support you offer to me and to the Church in so many parts of the world.”


Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis greeted the members of US-based Papal Foundation who are back in the Vatican this year for their "support of various educational, charitable and apostolic projects", which bears witness "to the untiring efforts of the Church to promote the integral development of the human family."

Last year, they did devolve donations because of the scandal involving Card Theodore Mc Carrick, who was a member of their committee. This year, “It is a joy for me to be with you once again and to express my gratitude for the generous support you offer to me and to the Church in so many parts of the world,” the pontiff said in his address.

“In the years since your Foundation was established, you have contributed much to the fostering of a spirit of fraternity and peace. Through your support of various educational, charitable and apostolic projects, as well as the scholarships made available to lay men and women, those living the consecrated life and priests, you give witness to the untiring efforts of the Church to promote the integral development of the human family.

“In a world that is sadly marked by violence and conflict; poverty, both material and spiritual; and all too often the indifference of many, your work helps to bring the Gospel message of hope and mercy to all who benefit from your commitment and generosity. For this I thank you, and I pray that you will be renewed in your purpose to help build the Church in unity and advance her charitable outreach to the least of our brothers and sisters.”

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