Address to Catholic Relief Services Representatives

Dear Friends in Christ!

1. “Caritas Christi urget nos” (2 Cor 5:14). For more than fifty years Catholic Relief Services has worked to put into practice the mandate which the Church has received from her Lord: “to bring glad tidings to the poor … to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners” (Lk 4:18). My Pastoral Visit to Baltimore gives me the opportunity to express my profound gratitude to your organization and to those who support it by their prayers and their generous contributions. Above all, I give thanks to Almighty God, who makes it possible for you to bear witness to the truth that “faith working through love” (cf. Gal 5:6) is the sign of authentic discipleship.

Catholic Relief Services