In order to break the cycle of poverty, we must first start with the heart. Catholic Online School is something very special, providing FREE Catholic Education to anyone, anywhere. Learn more about the Catholic Online School
Help us create new hope with your donation. This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to support Catholic Online School. Support Catholic Online School
The one surprising thing Americans are doing because of Pope Francis. Hint - it's NOT going to Church
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/14/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A new survey says that American Catholics are giving more generously than ever before in response to Pope Francis. The survey, conducted by a Catholic philanthropic organization, found that Catholics are coming through to help the poor specifically because of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis seems to be pretty nice, but he's very serious when it comes to taking care of the poor. We all have a duty.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Catholics are a lot more generous these days, thanks to the inspiration of Pope Francis, according to the results of a survey performed by the Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA). The survey reports that one-in-four Catholics have increased their charitable giving and that 77 percent say Pope Francis is the reason why.
The results are a little surprising because a survey by Pew Research published in early March revealed that there was no "Pope Francis effect" in the United States. Specifically, Catholics were not returning to Mass and confession as anecdotally reported following the election of Pope Francis.
Although Catholics may not be attending Mass in greater numbers, they do seem to be giving more charitably.
Responses from those surveyed indicate that people were replying to Pope Francis' call to 'Prayer and Action' to end world hunger by 2025. Respondents said they were particularly motivated by the example set by Pope Francis.
Vatican Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krawjewski was told by Pope Francis to sell his desk and get into the streets to help the poor. He did so.
Pope Francis has gained popularity because of his humble and simple lifestyle and because he makes special efforts to care for the poor. In Argentina he was known to frequent slums and to distribute food and other aid. Now in the Vatican, he sends his almoner out at night to give aid to the poor on the streets of Rome. Some Italian papers have insinuated that Pope Francis himself sometimes joins these charitable excursions, although the reports have not been substantiated.
Americans are clearly inspired by Pope Francis to be more charitable.
Hundreds of thousands of kids are fed by the Church around the world, but Catholics still have work to do to help Pope Francis meet his goal of ending world hunger. At least progress is being made and Catholics are making the difference.
Catholic Online is also supporting the work of Pope Francis by collecting donations for the poor. These donations have been used to purchase over 25,000 meals for those in need. The majority of those meals were delivered to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Hiyan. Presently, those donations are now going to wherever the need is greatest.
Americans continue to give Pope Francis high marks with two-thirds of Americans rating Pope Francis favorably and 85 percent of American Catholics doing the same, according to Pew.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
by Catholic Online
- Commission recommends Church end priestly celibacy and confession to ...
- St. Rufus: Saint of the Day for Monday, December 18, 2017
- Steps on how to be a good journalist from Pope Francis
- Four priests martyred for powerful reasons
- REJOICE! Gaudete Sunday Calls us to Live as Joyful Christians in All ...
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, December 18, 2017
- Daily Reading for Monday, December 18th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, December 17th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, December 16th, 2017 HD
- The Net Neutrality Scam: Get ready to pay a lot more for a lot less HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way