Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In order to understand the impact of Pope Francis on current and future Catholic giving to the Church and related activities, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey of 1,003 Catholic adults.
At the first papal consistory held earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix to Cardinal in recognition of Cardinal Felix’s lifetime of selfless service to the poor and disenfranchised.
Charitable giving by Americans continues to rise according to Giving USA 2014: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013. Unfortunately, charitable contributions to religious organizations have not kept up the pace.
The future of Catholicism in the U.S. relies heavily on the Church’s ability to attract and retain young Hispanics, according to a new study recently released by Boston College in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.