In honor of Easter Sunday and the end of Lenten season, Father Larry Snyder shared a reflection on his blog, “This Easter celebration of new life, of light overcoming darkness gives us the hope and faith that will show us the way throughout this coming year.” We at Catholic Charities took this time to celebrate and recognize the power of the resurrection to offer hope in the darkest of circumstances.
Earlier this week, we celebrated Earth Day by highlighting our local agencies that organize community gardens. See some our local agencies with gardens near you by visiting our interactive map. We also learned more about childhood hunger and food insecurity data thanks to Feeding America’s report Map the Meal Gap 2014. Catholic Charities USA is committed to ending hunger by providing meals and meal programs to children and their families. Information from reports like Feeding America’s aid us in this fight.
And finally, TIME Magazine named Pope Francis in their TIME100 list, a list of the 100 most influential people, thanks to his ability to inspire millions around the world to fight poverty with his acts of selflessness. In a profile of the Pope, President Barack Obama writes “His Holiness has moved us with his message of inclusion, especially for the poor, the marginalized and the outcast.” We agree, and took the time to congratulate Pope Francis on this honor.