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Cor Unum: 70 Catholic aid groups debate how to eradicate poverty

2013-01-22

MSGR. GIAMPIETRO DAL TOSO 

Secretary, Pontifical Council Cor Unum
"If we dedicate ourselves to a person's developments, we have to think about what kind of person we want to develop, where do we want to take them. We are, above all things, interested in defending also the transcendent vocation of man.”

Another aid group present is Cross Catholic Outreach, from Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2001, they offer help and guidance to church and institutions to help out the most needy. 

JAMES J. CANVAR 
President, Cross Catholic Outreach 
" Last year we provided about 200 million US in AID to 275 projects in 42 countries. We have all together in our organization about a 150 employees, but we have over 500,000 donors from the US to contribute, to support that work.” 

The group's leader says the economic crisis has forced many people to seek help with meals and medicines. But he adds it has also increased people's generosity

For James Cavnar, the Cor Unum assembly is an opportunity to learn about the work of other groups and how to work together to spread their Christian message through aid work. 

JAMES J. CANVAR 
President, Cross Catholic Outreach
"The great challenge to the Catholic charities is, like, as coming from what was termed the new global ethic. A set of principles that sound very good, such as, lets say, reproductive health but which end in up many times being interpreted as support for abortion and contraception.” 

During the plenary assembly, the participants also debated how to collaborate with other social groups without a Catholic identity, but without having to renounce to their basic Christian principles

Pope Paul VI created the Pontifical Council Cor Unum in 1971, precisely to help with the task of coordinating Catholic groups' aid efforts. 


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