Just How Much Giving Does the Catholic Church Do?
Most people are aware of the spirit of giving that is alive in most Catholic churches around the world. Catholic generosity has been the subject of many stories throughout time, and the inspiration for many people coming to the faith, themselves. However, getting an accurate picture of just how large a provider of charitable services that the Catholic church is worldwide can be staggering, even to those within the church itself. Take a look at some of the facts about the mission and charity work of the church, and see how you can help with continuing efforts to make a difference.
Making Money for Those in Need
Charity work is never an easy undertaking, but providing for the millions of people around the world who are living in poverty is only one part of the Catholic church’s mission of generosity. Catholic Charities USA – the charity organization founded by the church to specifically address poverty in the United States – is on Forbes’ top 100 charities list. Landing the eleventh spot, the charity is a contender among its secular contemporaries, with a net worth of nearly $4 billion. That money is primarily used to combat the issues associated with American poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Talk about making a difference in a big way!
Of course, one of the biggest charitable movements that the Catholic church is known for is providing medical assistance to those unable to otherwise afford it. From children who are battling cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to older Americans dealing with skyrocketing medical bills around the country, medical centers supported by Catholic churches and charities are doing some of the most good in the medical field. For more information about how you can contribute to any or all of these causes – or what else you can do to further the Lord’s good works – contact your own or a local Catholic church. You’ll be part of one of the biggest bodies of people helping others, worldwide.