photo of Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA

Sent Out into a Messy World: The Mission of Pope Francis

“Anyone who knows about Catholic Charities in the United States knows that we are all about the messiness in people’s lives. People turn to us when things get broken: a crisis in the family, an economic setback, a personal failure, a challenge too overwhelming for their resources or emotions. In all of these situations, we try to be the hands of Christ offering hope. This is not an accident. It is our mission rooted in the Gospel.

For that reason there is overwhelming excitement and inspiration throughout the Catholic Charities network at the teaching and actions of Pope Francis. In one year’s time he has changed the focus of the Church and even the world to the plight of the poor and marginalized among us.”

To read my full reflection on today’s one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, visit the USCCB’s media blog.

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