Pope Francis & Atheists & Catholic Charities

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis’ recent talk about the how the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all – including atheists struck a chord with the world – and with me in a particular way.    People often have asked me if Catholic Charities helps “non-Catholics.” At first this bothered me because Catholic Charities for as long as I can remember and much beyond has always helped people regardless of their religion.  I was a little frustrated that after all these years people would still ask.  But then I realized we must not have been doing a good enough job in making sure people knew this fact.  So now in all material we put out about Catholic Charities, we always say: “Helping Non-Catholics and Catholics alike.”  Every person is made in the image of God.  And, in addition, we go out of our way to work with groups and organizations of all religions and no religions to further the common good and help those needing a helping hand.

Maybe Pope Francis was getting a little frustrated that some people didn’t realize that Jesus had come to save them – even if they weren’t Catholics or even Christians.   I have included a few excerpts below and the link to the Pope’s full message:

 “The Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this commandment in the depths of our heart: do good and do not do evil”…
But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him….

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”

Read the Pope’s full message on 

One Comment

  • Johnson

    Dear Concerns, My name is Johnson and I belong to a Christian Catholic family. I bring my family in Malaysia to protect our lives and here in Kuala Lumpur we apply under UNHCR because we gone though the situations in Pakistan. We had worst time in Karachi where always having suicide bombing everywhere my kids cannot go to school, church or any public place we were victim so many time though various extremist groups and gang war groups along with children’s and finally we decided to quit Pakistan.
    Since we are in Malaysia under UN refuges but their process is long term it will take more than six years and worst thing is I couldn’t get job once you are on UN refuges status, now for me it very hard to manage my family expenses and specially children’s educations. So I strongly request to your organization to support my family and show us the right path that how we can to United State so we may safe our family and lived in peace.

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