Papal Visit Provides Opportunity To Focus on Poverty

Catholic Charities Sheds Light on Poverty in Region

Pope FrancisAugust 17, 2015 marked exactly 40 days until the arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia on September 26, 2015. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden has launched a countdown and period of preparation for the Pope’s historic visit.

On August 17, 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported,

“Taking its lead from Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families that will convene next month in Philadelphia, the Catholic Diocese of Camden on Monday announced a 40-day campaign to raise awareness of the profound poverty that pervades its six counties.”

For the next 40 days, Catholic Charities is preparing for the visit of Pope Francis by learning more about poverty and connecting the community to its work. It is holding a week of Open Houses across the Diocese of Camden beginning Monday, August 24, 2015.

“Instead of simply launching a food drive, however, the diocese is seeking to awaken the Catholic faithful, political leaders, and all ‘people of goodwill’ to the nature and scope of unemployment and hunger in South Jersey.”

On a related note, Monarch Housing Associates and thousands of advocates across the country are deeply concerned about the effects of sequestration cuts on critical housing and community development programs which assist the poor. Together we can bring an end to the sequester caps and increase resources for safe, decent, and affordable housing and community development.

“A hallmark of Francis’ pontificate has been his commitment to the poor and a harsh critique of unfettered capitalism and the pursuit of wealth.”

Click here to learn more about how Catholic Charities is preparing for the Pope’s visit.

Click here for the the Philadelphia Inquirer article.

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