Pope Francis announces the theme for Lent - are you ready for this?
Pope Francis is dedicating this Lenten season to the poor.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme for his Lenten message, and few people are surprised. The theme will be, "He became poor so, that by His poverty you might become rich."
Pope Francis is using a verse from St. Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, which reads: "for you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich," (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Pray and Act now!
The quotation perfectly captures the example of Christ, who sacrificed himself so that others may have spiritual prosperity. St. Paul was using this example to call the Christian community to charity.
It is expected that Pope Francis will focus his Lenten efforts on the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, which remains devastated after a 2012 earthquake. Many problems, including corruption and a lack of infrastructure, have conspired to leave the people there impoverished and unable to rebuild, despite a significant passage of time, and their best efforts to do so.
Haiti of course, is just one example of a poor nation, where millions of people struggle with food insecurity, illness, and all of the other social ills that go along with poverty.
Although many small agencies have attempted to alleviate poverty and hunger around the world, they have at best only been locally successful. Even the Catholic Church is only enjoyed limited success, until now.
Today, after decades of efforts, the Catholic Church finds itself uniquely situated as a confluence of public awareness, new technology, and improved infrastructure finally makes possible for the first time ever, the eradication of world hunger. Pope Francis has set the eradication of world hunger by 2025 as a major goal for his pontificate.
He has also called upon all Catholics around the world to do their part to end world hunger via a sustained campaign of 'Prayer and Action.'
This means that Pope Francis is specifically calling upon the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to routinely contribute to efforts to feed the poor. They are being asked to donate to various agencies that are affiliated with the Catholic Church to feed the estimated billion or more people around the world who deal with starvation, hunger, and food insecurity.
Catholic Online is already at the vanguard of this effort, and is collecting food donations for those in need around the world. Catholic Online stands at the nexus between people, technology and faith, which positions it to be the ideal organization to meet this critical need.
This Lent, Catholics are invited to do more than ever before to help end world hunger. Catholic Online is here to serve those of you who are ready to answer the call of Pope Francis, St. Paul, and Christ. We hope you will join us today.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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