With 7,000 requests for financial assistance and approximately 900,000 Euros donated in 2011, the Office of Papal Charities testifies to the Pope's “hand” in charity to the poor.
His work is all the more important in the face of the
continuing economic crisis making it evermore urgent and precious.
Papal Charities operate mainly in the Diocese of Rome but its breath is
universal reaching out to other countries, especially those in Eastern Europe
and the Middle East.
Not only individuals of the flock but also charitable
associations and institutions of various natures receive such aid. Archbishop
Guido Pozzo – appointed Almoner of His Holiness on 3 November and who for more
than three years served as Secretary at the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia
Dei – spoke about these contributions in an interview with our newspaper.
The principal work of the Papal Charities is precisely to give alms, or
better yet, charitable work in the name and on behalf of the Pope.
task is working everyday with discretion to fulfill this task. The issues paint
a fairly complex and varied picture of poverty which recently has begun to
afflict even areas and people who until now have enjoyed a kind of economic
The destitute and misery concern the whole person and not only under
a strictly financial profile.
The requests for aid must be accompanied by a
certificate of a parish priest and it is these priests which receive the
financial aid which then pass it along to the concerned party.
In fact it is
important that the generous act of the Pontiff is inserted and integrated in
solidarity of the local Church and of the Christian parish community.
donations are modest in proportion precisely because they are designed to reach
the greatest number of people.