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Peter’s Pence Collection Provides Assistance to Those in Need

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Parishes throughout the world will take part in the Peter’s Pence Collection this weekend. It’s one of twelve monthly National Collections endorsed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In his latest encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI reminds the faithful that “God’s love . . . gives us the courage to continue seeking and working for the benefit of all” (Caritas in Veritate, no. 78).

The Peter’s Pence Collection unites the Catholic faithful to the Holy Father’s efforts to help those in most need around the world: victims of war, oppression, natural disaster and others in need of emergency assistance. By sharing in this effort, we put our faith in action and share from our relative abundance with those who are in greater need.

Examples of recently projects funded by Pope Benedict XVI through the Collection:

  • Nazareth Boys Town in Mbare, Rwanda, received assistance from Pope Benedict XVI to take in abandoned orphans who are victims of genocide and civil war.
  • Casa di accoglienza Giovanni Paolo II Opera Don Orione is a residence that gives free shelter and specializes in helping special-needs pilgrims to travel to Rome. It was recently refurbished through assistance provided by the Peter’s Pence Collection.
  • In Bosnia, the Hospital of St. Vincent de Paul, a health institution in Sarajevo staffed by religious, was established with support of the Collection. 
  • A village for HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya.
  • Assistance to seminaries and institutes of Christian formation in many developing countries.

Please be generous in helping Pope Benedict XVI “Cast the love of Christ upon the world.”

Information on the National Collections is available at www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.