“Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sirach 7:32)
The 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. The Holy Father’s message for 2020 is a reflection on Sirach 7:32: “Stretch forth your hand to the poor”. As Catholics called to practice mercy, we should make this an intentional day of compassionate action, especially when we consider Christ’s words from the Gospel of Matthew: “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:40).
On this day, which is celebrated this year on Sunday, November 15 (the 33rd 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 28 developing nations to transform the poor and their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ. Learn more about our Global Impact.
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 vulnerable 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.
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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.