In 2018, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland joined the Cross Catholic Outreach board of directors. Today, he serves alongside six other U.S. Catholic bishops who provide oversight and guidance to our ministry. In January, we traveled to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Tyler to speak with Bishop Strickland about our mission of helping the poorest of the poor.
Speaking from the Vatican recently, His Eminence Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson commended Cross Catholic Outreach for being a dependable benefactor of projects that promote the development of peoples. As prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Turkson guides our ministry to support projects close to the heart of the Holy Father Pope Francis. In our interview, Cardinal Turkson spoke on Catholic social teaching and the significance of the Holy See’s endorsement of Cross Catholic Outreach in 2015.
Cross Catholic Outreach was recently blessed to receive a visit from His Eminence Álvaro Leonel Cardinal Ramazzini Imeri. Elevated to the College of Cardinals just a few months ago by Pope Francis because of his love for the poor, Cardinal Ramazzini led devotions at our ofﬁce, met individually with our staff and concluded his visit with a Mass at St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. This year, Cross Catholic Outreach began providing food and medical supplies to the poor in Cardinal Ramazzini’s Diocese of Huehuetenago in Guatemala.
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Clergy and Diocesan Relations department also recently sat down with our ministry partners from the Caribbean country of Grenada, including His Excellency Bishop Clyde Harvey of the Diocese of St. George’s.
Cross Catholic Outreach was blessed to have Reverend Carlos Piedrahita share his thoughts on Cross Catholic Outreach’s mission to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ.