This week marked the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the 266th pontiff. Over the past year the world has repeatedly been surprised by his example of humility, service and solidarity with those at the margins of society. By calling us all to be “a church that is poor and for the poor,” His Holiness has reinvigorated our efforts to live out the Gospel by building communities, strengthening families and creating opportunity.
Catholic Charities USA is proud to follow our Holy Father’s example and commemorate the anniversary of a remarkable man’s leadership of the Catholic Church. In our efforts to educate, innovate and act, we draw strength from his commitment and dedication to the least among us. Please join us in keeping Pope Francis in your prayers by sending him your own personal message of congratulations on his first year!