Pope thanks The Papal Foundation for supporting Church’s mission
By Devin Watkins
A 100-member-strong delegation of The Papal Foundation is on pilgrimage to Rome this week, meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday.
The Pope welcomed the Foundation’s members, trustees, and stewards to the Vatican, and thanked them for their “generous support provided both to me and to the Church in so many areas of the world.”
Supporting integral development
Pope Francis pointed out that The Papal Foundation has offered extensive financial support to promoting the “integral development of so many of our brothers and sisters.”
He especially appreciated the group’s support of “educational, charitable, and ecclesial projects,” which help facilitate “the Church’s ongoing efforts to build a culture of solidarity and peace.”
Spreading love, hope, mercy
The global situation of conflict, added the Pope, invites them to offer care and humanitarian aid to the victims and refugees of war, especially those forced to flee their homeland in search of safety.
“Your work,” he said, “helps to bring the love, hope, and mercy that the Gospel proclaims to all who benefit from your generosity and commitment.”
Pope Francis again expressed his gratitude to the Foundation for their generosity and commitment, and prayed that members might be renewed in their zeal for serving the Lord in those who suffer.
Solidarity with the Pope
Finally, the Pope noted that The Papal Foundation has always been animated by solidarity with the Successor of Peter.
So, Pope Francis urged them to pray for him and his ministry, as well as for the needs of the universal Church.
Work of The Papal Foundation
According to its website, The Papal Foundation has helped finance the construction of 358 churches and chapels, 170 seminaries, 404 rectories and convents, 273 schools, and 104 hospitals.
Founded in the United States in 1988, the Foundation has provided over $200 million in grants and scholarships to more than 2,000 projects in coordination with the Bishop of Rome.