As Catholics, we are called to practice mercy. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:40). This call to serve the poor has been greatly emphasized under the papacy of Pope Francis, who established the World Day of the Poor in 2017. His message for 2019 is a reflection on Psalm 9:19: “The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever” (Ps 9:19).
On this day, which is celebrated this year on Sunday, November 17 (the 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time) Catholics are called to consider the suffering of our brothers and sisters and challenged to practice corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Cross Catholic Outreach is a nonprofit Catholic relief and development ministry that provides material and spiritual aid to the poorest of the poor. With the support of Catholics around the world, we mobilize the Church in 29 developing nations to transform the poor and their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Our ministry acts as a bridge that connects developmental aid to the Catholic priests, lay leaders and religious missionaries who are on the ground serving the poorest of the poor. The loving generosity of our donors feeds the hungry, cares for orphans and children, funds clean water initiatives, heals the sick, provides access to education and more. Together, our ministry restores the dignity of the poor and spreads the Catholic faith.
Learn how you can engage in projects serving the poor and their communities around the world.
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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2020, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.