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Cross Catholic Officials Invited to Participate in Pontifical Council Cor Unum XXIX Plenary Assembly at the Vatican

Boca Raton, Florida (Thursday, January 17, 2013) — President James J. Cavnar of Cross Catholic Outreach and Cross Catholic Outreach Director of Clergy and Diocesan Relations Monsignor Ted Bertagni have been invited to participate in the XXIX Plenary Assembly of Pontifical Council Cor Unum at the Vatican in Rome, January 19 - 21.  The Pontifical Council Cor Unum is, according to the Vatican, “the Dicastery [‘department’] of the Holy See charged with the concrete realization of the charitable intention of the Holy Father.” 

The title of the XXIX Plenary Session is “Charity, Christian Anthropology and Global Ethics.”  Mr. Cavnar and Monsignor Bertgnani will be part of a worldwide body of representatives from various Catholic charitable organizations. It is a great honor for them to be included as collaborators with Pontifical Cor Unum and they are encouraged to give direction and scope to Cor Unum’s ministries.

In a letter to Cross Catholic earlier this year, Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of Pontifical Council Cor Unum, wrote, “As President of the Vatican Dicastery responsible for His [the Holy Father’s] charitable solicitude, I wish to encourage the possibilities for aid that come from our collaboration with Cross Catholic Outreach. Such help is a most commendable expression of the Catholic Church's care for the poor and needy, making manifest the charity of Christ.” Press Ctrl and click on this link to read Cardinal Sarah's complete letter.

Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501(c)(3) Catholic relief and development organization working in more than two dozen developing countries. In addition to providing material aid such as food, clothing, shelter and medicines, Cross Catholic Outreach supports ongoing programs that help the poor lift themselves out of poverty and thus break its vicious cycle. They ensure that the aid reaches those who need it the most by working together with local priests, missionaries and churches around the world. For more information, visit or call 1-800-914-2420.


Cross Catholic Outreach

2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240

PO Box 273908

Boca Raton, Florida 33427-3908


Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501c3

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