American Prelates Honored By Caritas in Veritate International

Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Archbishop Charles Chaput Awarded Pope Francis Award for Charity and Leadership

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Some 100 guests, presidents of universities, leaders of foundations and Catholic institutions, and friends of Caritas in Veritate International will gather today at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington DC.

At the event, the Inaugural Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award will be presented by Caritas in Veritate International to Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Caritas in Veritate International is a confederation comprised of 19 member organizations, with a total of more than 1 million people, within these organizations, together bringing “charity in truth” to 106 nations. According to a communique by the organization, the members of the confederation “are each faithful to their own charism, whether that is responding with first aid, or education, or medical care or formation and mobilizing of volunteers.”

“Together we confront  the different aspects of real poverty, or as Pope Francis calls it in his 2014 Lenten message: ‘the three aspects of Destitution, which affects those persons living in conditions opposed to human dignity, persons who are in vice and addiction and persons who are alienated form the Truth and refuses God’s Love,” said Henry Capello, founder and president of Caritas in Veritate International.

Capello went on to express his hopes that Caritas in Veritate will expand exponentially to serve the world’s poor.

“As a confederation, we are committed to this type of charity and aid that leads to what the Church has known since Populorum Progressio as integral human development,” he said. “The example of Pope Francis, his attention to the poor, the sick and the marginalized is of great inspiration to all of us.”

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