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Fighting material and spiritual poverty

· Papal Audience with the Papal Foundation ·

“Your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace”. The Pontiff stated this in his address to the members of the Papal Foundation, in Rome for their annual pilgrimage.

The Holy Father received them on Thursday morning, 11 April, in the Clementine Hall, after he met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique and then the Archbishop of Florence and various bishops of Tuscany, who were the first bishops to make their ad limina visit with Pope Francis.

Addressing the members of the charitable association from the United States  — which began in 1988 in order to support the Pope's mission through grants, scholarships and charitable works — the Bishop of Rome showed his appreciation for the initiatives launched during their 25 years of work.

“You have contributed significantly”, the Pope said, “to the growth of local Churches in developing countries by supporting, among other things, the continuing formation of their clergy and religious, the provision of shelter, medical assistance and care to the poor and needy, and the creation of much-needed educational and employment opportunities”.  The Pope underlined the 50th anniversary of John XXIII's encyclical Pacem in terris , promulgated on 11 April 1963. He then affirmed his hope that Pope Roncalli's teaching may be “an incentive for your commitment to promoting reconciliation and peace at every level. During this Easter season, when the Church invites us to give thanks for God’s mercy and the new life we have received from the risen Christ, I pray that you will experience the joy born of gratitude for the Lord’s many gifts, and seek to serve him in the least of his brothers and sisters”.

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