The contribution collected on the occasion will be destined “for the numerous works of charity that the Holy Father performs throughout the world for the benefit of those who suffer poverty.”
Newsdesk (June 18, 2021 09:23, Gaudium Press) Through a letter signed by the Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis urged Catholics to participate generously in the collection that will be taken up on the Pope’s Day of Charity.
Normally the Pope’s Day of Charity is celebrated on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul; this year, however, the feast will be brought forward to June 27, which falls on a Sunday.
Charitable works carried out by the Pope
The Cardinal explained that the contribution collected on the occasion will be destined “to the numerous works of charity that the Holy Father carries out all over the world, for the benefit of those who suffer poverty.
According to Cardinal De Donatis, this day has evangelical roots in its history, which begins with the first Christians who “gathered around the apostles sharing their resources to meet the needs of their weakest and neediest brothers and sisters.
St. Peter’s Pence
He also recalled the St. Peter’s Pence, as it is known in our days, regulated by Pope Blessed Pius IX after the Vatican found itself in a state of special fragility and material vulnerability following the end of the Papal States.
In concluding his message, Cardinal Angelo de Donatis extended an invitation to the faithful of all the Churches of the world to offer their contribution in favor of the Pope, regardless of their size, according to their generosity and personal disposition. (EPC)