The Pope is Coming!

As Catholics in the United States prepare for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit, staff at Catholic Relief Services reflect on his writings and what this visit means to them:

I’m truly excited about volunteering and attending the Papal Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict is truly an inspiration for us all. I wish my Grandfather Holtman was still alive to join me. He was a devoted Catholic and to have such an extraordinary opportunity would be a true blessing, I know he’ll be watching from the Heavens in excitement for me.

In 1987, Pope John Paul II defined the content of solidarity as “a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
This principle of moral responsibility should be used within societies and across societies and cultures in international relations.
I’m proud to be representing the CRS family and thankful to be participating in this blessed social event!

Denise Hallock
Administrative Assistant, CRS Donor Services

There are lots of reasons to be giddy about this opportunity! I want to feel the spiritual energy and excitement of the crowd gathered for the Papal Mass. I am proud to be a representative of CRS at such an important moment for the Church in America. But most importantly, I will be giving this opportunity as a gift to my husband, whose life-long dream has been to see the Pope. And now, we will both worship with him!

Carole Zemont-Ndiaye
CRS Volunteer Program Advisor, U.S. Operations

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One Response to “The Pope is Coming!”

  1. Catholic Relief Services Blog Says:

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