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About the Symposium

Cross Catholic Outreach in partnership with Caritas in Veritate International, will present an International Leaders Forum at the U’niversita Urbana at the Vatican from November 5-9, 2014.  The forum themes will be “The Culture of Encounter” and Pope Francis’ “Evangelii Gaudium”. (Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to find “Joy in the Gospel.”).

One of several forum objectives is to involve Catholic institutions in the Church’s Mission of Charity as witnessed by Pope Francis and as called for in Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas est.”  The Theology of Pope Francis will be presented and will include “reaching out to refugees, a call of Pope Francis to be heard.”

Our President, Jim Cavnar will join the panel “Encountering Jesus in the Face of the Poor.”  This topic reflects a core concept of Cross Catholic Outreach, which is dedicated to “helping the poorest of the poor” through a unique approach of holistic ministry.  As Jim explains, “Holistic ministry integrates the spiritual and the practical.  Improving the living conditions of the poor is incomplete without sharing the Gospel with them. When we share the Gospel with those we are helping, we discover, as the Holy Father suggests, ‘joy in the gospel’ and truly see Jesus in the faces of the poor.”

Cross Catholic Outreach will join organizations from around the world at the forum, and among them include, City of Joy in China, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, North American College, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Catholic Christian Outreach, Communita’ Magnificat Dominum and Answering the Cry of the Poor.  

We invite you to visit this page each day of the conference for regular updates from the International Leaders Forum, including interviews, photos and video, which will also be shared through our Twitter, and Facebook,

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