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FADICA’s Safeguarding Initiative Participates in Commemoration of World Day of Prevention of Child Sexual Exploitation

Rome – As the world commemorated the first World Day of the Prevention of, and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence on Friday, November 18th, simultaneous events marking this occasion took place in Rome. Colleen Crawford, Manager of FADICA’s and Safeguarding Initiative, was on the ground to witness this historic gathering.

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Catholic Funding Guide Continues to Amplify

Washington, DC – For more than 35 years, the Catholic Funding Guide has served grantseeking Catholic ministries, helping them connect with funders who share in their mission and priorities.   A project of FADICA, the Guide is now expanding to serve Catholic philanthropy broadly, including both grantmakers and grantseekers, by connecting each to relevant resources and building community online to support mission impact. Both funders and grantseekers can join the Guide’s community on the project’s website. First published in 1998 as a print only resource, FADICA took the resource online in 2010 and 10 years later began a complete renovation and reimagination. The Guide’s director, Jon Jakoblich, was hired in 2020 to lead that effort. Jakoblich built a new website, complete with a digital portal that allows grant seekers to search for funders, funders to search through projects posted by grant seekers, and a Knowledge Center of articles and videos detailing philanthropy best practices. “Faith based organizations have long been at the heart of the nonprofit sector, yet grant seeking remains a challenge,” Jakoblich says, “We renovated the Catholic Funding Guide not only to help address that challenge, but to give funders and grantseekers another point of connection through Amplify.” The Guide’s Amplify feature is designed support connection between funders and grantseekers with aligned priorities. Grantseekers are able post projects in need of funding, and funders can search and identify projects that match their priorities. Funders can then communicate directly with those ministries through the Amplify feature. Membership to the Catholic Funding Guide as a grantseeker

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FADICA Announces 2022 St. Katharine Drexel Award in Catholic Philanthropy Honorees

Washington, DC (February 11, 2022) — Three inspiring Catholic philanthropic leaders have been selected as recipients of the 2022 St. Katharine Drexel Award in Catholic Philanthropy. In honoring these awardees, FADICA celebrates their immeasurable contributions to the Church and their communities and commends their generous service to others.

“Each year, FADICA recognizes outstanding Catholic philanthropic leaders whose vocation of giving recall the spirit of St. Katharine Drexel,” said Alexia Kelley, President and CEO of FADICA, the leading Catholic-inspired philanthropic peer network. “The 2022 honorees reflect St. Katharine’s philanthropic approach through servant leadership and innovation for a vital Church and the common good,” Kelley continued.

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US bishops elect first Hispanic president

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez as their new president during their fall gathering. From America magazine: “Archbishop Gomez, a priest of Opus Dei, is described by those who know him as someone who cares for victims of clergy sexual abuse, an advocate for the L.A.’s homeless population and a proponent of Laudato Si’,’ Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Archbishop Gomez was described in 2017…as the ‘protégé’ of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.”

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Pax Christi promotes the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative Statement

Representatives from 21 countries participated in an April gathering at the Vatican as part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, through its parent organization, Pax Christi International, Vatican News reported. Drafted following the meeting, a statement promoting nonviolence, available here, reads, “As Christians committed to faithfully following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are called to take a clear stand for active nonviolence and against all forms of violence.”

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Tribal leaders gather at Notre Dame to consider ways to reduce poverty

A forum focusing on alleviating poverty among Native American populations took place at the University of Notre Dame in October, Catholic News Service reported. The summit, attended by American Indian tribal leaders and hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on Native American Affairs, will release recommendations to help alleviate poverty.

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Catholic bishops propose initiatives to help the Amazon

Close to 200 Catholic bishops spent three weeks in October in Rome discussing how to assist the Amazon region of South America, paying special attention to evangelization, countering violence, and supporting environmental sustainability, America magazine reported. The article highlights a quote from Cardinal Michael Czerny: “With the Amazon burning, many more people are realizing that things have to change. We cannot keep repeating old responses to urgent problems and expect to get better results.”

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Efforts to reduce poverty among Native Americans

A forum focusing on alleviating poverty among Native American populations took place at the University of Notre Dame in October, Catholic News Service reported. The summit, attended by American Indian tribal leaders and hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on Native American Affairs, will release recommendations to help alleviate poverty. From the article, “The U.S. Census Bureau reports approximately 3 million people whose primary race is Native American or Alaska Native. Of those, about 40 percent live on reservations or trust lands, and a high percentage fall well below the poverty level. About 20 percent of Native Americans are Catholic, but proposals coming out of the gathering are expected to be applicable to all Native Americans, according to meeting organizer Father Michael Carson, assistant director of Native American affairs for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church.”

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