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Pope Francis recognizes Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr

Pope Francis announced that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero would be recognized as a martyr, assassinated for the Catholic faith. The declaration of martyrdom was announced in a “Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints”, which stated that the archbishop was killed in odium fidei, Latin for "in hatred of the faith."


Artisans of Peace

June 6, 2014
Khoudia Ndiaye, agente de communications

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres have accepted an invitation by Pope Francis to pray for peace in the Holy Land at the Vatican this Pentecost Sunday.

During his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Pope said, “All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers.”

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The Pope visits Development and Peace partners while in the Holy Land

May 27, 2014
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer

Pope Francis is currently on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land and has brought with him a message of peace. While travelling towards Jerusalem, he passed through Jordan, Palestine and Israel, and took the opportunity to highlight the work of the local Caritas offices in the region, which are helping victims of the conflict in the Middle East, mainly refugees.

On the first leg of his trip in Jordan, the Pope told dignitaries at the Royal Palace about the work of Caritas Jordan and how it is helping Syrian refugees who have been driven from their homes.

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Development and Peace meets Pope Francis!

May 22, 2013
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Michael Casey, Executive Director of D&P and North American President of Caritas Internationalis, in the company of Pope Francis and Cardinal Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis. Photo: Caritas Internationalis

During an informal audience at the Vatican on Thursday May 16, Pope Francis received executives from the Caritas Internationalis network. He reminded those gathered that “a Church without charity does not exist,” and underlined the “dual dimension” of the initiative that is Caritas Internationalis, that is, the dimension of social action joined with the spiritual dimension of “giving oneself, going outside oneself and being at the continuous service of people living in extreme situations.

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National Council President's Report on the Pontifical Council Cor Unum XXIX Plenary Assembly

March 21, 2013
Pat Kennedy, President of the National Council
Pat Kennedy with Cardinal Sarah at Cor Unum Plenary Assembly

At the invitation of Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, I attended the XXIX Plenary Assembly of Cor Unum in Rome, January 17-19, 2013. This was one of my first official duties as the new President, and proved to be very timely for me in terms of being very formative and spiritually nourishing. I was supported at the assembly by the guidance and expertise of Mr. Gilio Brunelli, Director, International Programs department. Copies of the agenda and many of the presentations made during the assembly are available.

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