“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.” (Jn 15:12)
June 17, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Peter’s Pence Collection is an opportunity to become a witness of charity to those who suffer most. Pope Francis has encouraged us to “open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!” (Misericordiae Vultus, [MV] no. 15).
Through the Peter’s Pence Collection, we stand in solidarity with Catholics all over the world to support the charitable works of our Holy Father. Contributions to this collection support Pope Francis as he reaches out to those suffering the effects of war and violence, natural disasters, and religious persecution.
Pope Francis has told us that “mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (MV, no. 10). You can learn more about how the Church is a force of mercy that reaches out to those around the world by visiting www.usccb.org/peters-pence.
I invite you to heed our Holy Father’s call to be a witness of charity throughout the world. Please be generous in the Peter’s Pence Collection to be taken up at all Masses on the weekend of June 26. In addition to your donations, your continued prayers and outreach will help spread the message of the love of Christ to those in need.
With every prayerful best wish, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester