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PR - 04.01.14

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Cross Catholic Outreach Celebrates Success of Collaborative
Cor Unum Project to Provide Housing for the Poor in Guatemala

Boca Raton, Florida (Tuesday, April 01, 2014) —This month, Cross Catholic Outreach marked another milestone in its decade-long collaborative relationship with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum with an inauguration ceremony for 17 homes and a chapel built in the Cuilapa area of the diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima under Bishop Bernabé de Jesús Sagastume Lemus.

The event was attended by Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and several delegates from the U.S.-based Cross Catholic Outreach ministry, including Bishop Edward Slattery, who represented its board of directors, and David Adams, the organization’s Vice President for Missions.

Cor Unum (“One Heart”) was established by Pope Paul VI in 1971 to express "the care of the Catholic Church for the needy, thereby encouraging human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ," and the organization has carried out a variety of important relief and humanitarian outreaches in the decades since. This most recent project represents a powerful example of Pope Francis’ concern for the poorest of the poor. The homes built are for families left destitute and homeless following natural disasters that struck Guatemala in 2011.

At the ceremony, Cardinal Sarah underscored this point.

“This initiative is fruit of the Holy Father’s paternal care and his request on behalf of those who suffer,” he explained. “With great pleasure I bring you the blessing of our beloved Pope Francis, whom you very well know reserves a special place in his heart for the poor.”

Cardinal Sarah also recognized the role Cross Catholic Outreach played in the project’s success.

“In a special way, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Your Excellency Bishop Edward Slattery, to the representatives of Cross Catholic Outreach and its benefactors for their generous support in the construction of this Chapel dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima and of the homes for those who were gravely affected by the earthquake and the floods in 2011,” he said. “Thank you very much because these brothers and sisters have a roof once again where they can find shelter. Above all – and it is most important – thank you for your generosity, the Lord works through you to demonstrate His compassion and closeness to those who experience need.”

The project was a milestone for Cross Catholic Outreach because of its scale and integral mission approach to helping the poor by providing both housing and a chapel.

“We have collaborated with Cor Unum on many smaller projects, but this effort represents a new level of involvement, both in terms of its size and in its approach,” explained Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach. “We believe very strongly in the importance of integral development, as Pope Francis does, and we feel this project exemplifies the strengths of that approach. This housing project is bringing both material and spiritual transformation to this area and its people.”


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