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Dicastery Endorsements


On August 31, 2016, His Holiness, Pope Francis, established the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, combining the work of four Pontifical Councils, appointing Peter Cardinal Turkson its first Prefect. This new department expresses the Holy See’s concern for issues of justice and peace, including those related to migration, health, charitable works (Cor Unum) and care of creation. Its work will promote integral human development in the light of Gospel and in the tradition of the Church’s social teachings. As Cor Unum has now been merged into the new entity, Cross Catholic Outreach will continue this partnership in support the charitable works of the Holy Father.

Pope Francis and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson

Pastoral visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development October 30, 2017, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson, Prefect.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development also expresses the Holy Father’s care for suffering humanity, including the needy, the sick and the excluded, and pays special attention to the needs and issues of those who are forced to flee their homeland, the stateless, the marginalized, victims of armed conflicts and natural disasters, the imprisoned, the unemployed, victims of contemporary forms of slavery and torture, and others whose dignity is endangered.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s ministry through dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries is inspired by Pope Francis’ vision and continues to bring transformative change in the lives of the poorest of the poor.

In their homilies, our Outreach Priests present mental images to U.S. Catholics in parishes where they preach so that they might understand what transformation their contribution might bring about in the lives of the poorest of the poor in developing countries across the globe.

We witness and experience this sense of transformation each time we visit the projects which our faithful donors support. In the Diocese of Santa Rosa in the district of Cuilapa, Guatemala, we have seen what it means to be a people transformed. In the Diocese, in association with their Caritas office, Cross Catholic Outreach has provided food to the hungry, built homes for those who live in abject misery, dug wells and provided clean water to individual homes, provided scholarships for children to stay in school, assisted in agricultural projects with fertilizer and education to increase the yield of crops of subsistence farmers. All of these things are good, but, what has had the most impact as we have listened to the people who have received these things, was that what had happened was not an elimination of poverty, but a transformation of hearts and minds which allowed them to exult in the blessing they have received and be more and more attentive to the need to share those blessings with others. As grateful as the villagers of Los Chillitos are for the presence of a well and an abundance of clean water for 150 families in the village for the first time in 30 years, what they are more grateful for is the simple luxury of going to bed at night and being able to sleep peacefully – as we do – and not worry if they must wait 14 hours to collect water in a bucket and hope they get a turn.

Transformation is a work of grace, a divine action which touches the heart and very being of a person, either a giver of gifts or the recipient of that interaction. Transformation is an activity in our very soul and the only way in which we can be part of that transformative process is to hold ourselves open and ready to let that power flow in and through us.

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