"THE POPE'S CHARITABLE GIVING AND
THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL
In collaboration with the Dicastery, the Philatelic Office of Vatican
City produced a series of postcards illustrating the work of the
Pontifical Council Cor Unum. The goal is that they might serve as
an instrument to remind the faithful of how the Pope can draw close to
those suffering through their own offerings.
In fact, the Holy Father is able to draw close to those who are
suffering around in the world through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Whenever a natural or manmade disaster occurs, Cor Unum
immediately acts in the name of the Pope to help alleviate the suffering
of those affected. This solidarity can consist of a visit onsite by Cor Unum or of material assistance provided through the generosity
of individuals who share the Pope’s concern for those in difficulty.
Cor Unum also works to disseminate the Church’s teachings regarding
charity, which the Holy Father considers so important that he dedicated
his first encyclical to it,
Deus Caritas Est.
Cor Unum also oversees two papal
foundations. One assists efforts to address the problem of drought in
nine countries of Africa’s
Sahel region, while the other supports indigenous people,
Afro-Americans and farmers of
Latin America. Cor
Unum also coordinates the work of Catholic aid and assistance
organizations, and underscores always the importance of a “formation of
the heart” of those working in them. Their work must always spring from
Christian faith which is expressed in loving charity.
Postcards are available at the Philatelic Office of Vatican City and at
Philatelic Office of Vatican City.