By Catholic Review Staff
In support of the Caritas International “One Human Family, Food For All” campaign, which launched Dec. 10 with a global prayer wave, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore spent the morning greeting guests at Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread Employment Center in Baltimore City.
He was to have been joined by students from Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn and Morgan State University in Baltimore, but an early morning snowstorm closed schools. According to William J. McCarthy, Catholic Charities’ executive director, the regular Tuesday volunteers served the meals.
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Archbishop Lori then celebrated the 12:10 p.m Mass at at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In a Dec. 9 video-taped message to help launch the campaign, Pope Francis said that people should “stop thinking that our daily actions do not have an impact on the lives of those who suffer from hunger firsthand.”
“With about 1 billion people still suffering from hunger today, “we cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist,” the pope said in the message.
At a recent annual Catholic Charities leadership breakfast, the following statistics were released on Our Daily Bread:
By the numbers (FY 2013)
Meals served: 377,000
Volunteer hours served: 251,015
Placed in transitional and permanent housing: 1,200
Workers placed: 492
Elizabeth Lowe of the Catholic Review and the Catholic News Service contributed to this article.