Holy See Expresses Gratitude for Peter's Pence Collection
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has received a letter of gratitude from Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone for the Diocese of Raleigh’s offering of $96,817.03 for the 2011 Peter's Pence collection. Cardinal Bertone wrote, “His Holiness is grateful for this charitable donation and for the sacrifice which it required. He thanks you and your people for this expression of your devotion to the Successor of Peter and your desire to cooperate in the works of his ministry.”
The purpose of the Peter's Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond with emergency assistance to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. This collection was started centuries ago to provide financial support for the Pope and has evolved to fund the Holy See's charitable actions for those in need.
Pope Benedict XVI addressed the importance of outreach to the poor, oppressed and victims of disasters in his first Encyclical Deus Caritas est:
“The Church can never be exempted from practising charity as an organized activity of believers and, on the other hand, there will never be a situation where the charity of each individual Christian is unnecessary, because in addition to justice man needs, and will always need, love” (No. 29)