Catholic Charities welcome pope by feeding the poor

CINCINNATI — Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio is calling on all people to prepare for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in September by pledging to take a positive step to better the community.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is leading the way with a goal of collecting 1 million food items, which is enough to feed 250,000 people for one day. The Food for All: Be Multiplied Campaign is one way to welcome Pope Francis and provide relief to the poor throughout the community.

“We have all been inspired by the Holy Father’s call to put Christ first, particularly in our families and in our love for the poor,” said the Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, archbishop of Cincinnati. “He has challenged us to end hunger by 2025. Food for All: Be Multiplied, inspired by the Gospel story of the feeding of the 5,000, will be our archdiocesan response. Jesus called on his disciples to bring him what they already had, and from that small gift fed an impossible number of people. This miracle shows Jesus’ compassion for his people, but also that he works through our gifts and talents.”

“Pope Francis inspires all of us because he’s a great communicator of the Joy of the Gospel, he walks in the path of Christ and his love for the poor,” said Ted Bergh, CEO, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. “He shines a light on the need for the work that we do in the community and encourages everyone to get involved. It’s a timeless message.”

Catholic Charities is making it easy to participate in the #bemultiplied campaign. Visit to take a pledge to pray, serve or act in ways that benefit others in the community and to share your pledge on social media. Pledges from Southwestern Ohio will be added to the pledges being gathered by Catholic Charities USA that will be included in a book that will be presented to the pope during his visit there.

Staff report