In his homily to open the papal conclave, Cardinal Angelo Sodano asked God to provide a pope who will proclaim the Gospel message of mercy. Cross Catholic Outreach is thrilled at the election of Pope Francis, who will carry on this noble mission as the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church.
Sharing this call to mercy, Cross Catholic Outreach has a long-standing relationship with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the personal charitable outreach arm of the Holy Father.
Cross Catholic President James Cavnar has met with Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis as part of our work with Cor Unum, and was among those invited to receive a private audience with the Holy Father to discuss the inseparable relationship between faith and charity. Cross Catholic is honored to be a collaborator with Cor Unum and we look forward to continuing this relationship under the guidance and leadership of Pope Francis.
But our collaboration with Cor Unum is just one facet of our Catholic outreach to the poorest of the poor worldwide. Cross Catholic also works alongside priests, nuns and Catholic lay missionaries as they serve in the trenches, helping them provide food, water, housing, medical care, education, economic empowerment, spiritual support and other ministries of mercy to those in desperate need around the world.