By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/14/2014 (1 year 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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