Pope's Election Sparks Hope for Opportunities to Serve the Poor

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For 62 years, World Vision has been blessed to serve alongside the Catholic Church to ensure that children have enough to eat and that families are able to earn enough to live. Together, we have raised our voices to speak up for justice and peace.

Catholics around the world celebrated the election of Pope Francis in 2013. Today, I join my brothers and sisters in Christ by sending my prayers and congratulations.

All followers of Jesus Christ are compelled to do justice, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with our God by loving our neighbors as ourselves, especially the most vulnerable. The Catholic Church serves more vulnerable people than any other entity worldwide and here in America, and has been a strong advocate for those in need.

For 62 years, World Vision has also been blessed with the opportunity to answer this call. In many of the countries in which we serve, including the U.S., we have done so alongside the Catholic Church. Together, we have worked to make sure children have enough to eat, families are able to earn enough to live, and communities have what they need to be healthy. We have also joined and raised our voices together to speak up for justice and peace.

I have always known and admired the Catholic Church’s heart for people who are struggling. The more I learn about how much Pope Francis personally shares this same heart, the more excited I become about the opportunities for World Vision and the Catholic Church to do even more together for the world’s children and their families. We share a desire to see communities doing justice, loving goodness, and walking humbly with God.

Please join me in praying for the Lord to protect and lead Pope Francis in the work God has given to him.

Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., with Chaltu, a sponsored child in Ethiopia.

©2009 Jon Warren/World Vision

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