Give generously this Lenten season, as if Christ himself were appealing to your charity through the mouths of the poor, said Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton on Sunday as he launched the 2016 Project Compassion Appeal at St Mary’s Cathedral.
More than 1000 people attended the Mass to celebrate the launch, which was made all the more significant by the fact that this year marks 50 years since the inception of Project Compassion.
More than 200 people attended the special Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday. Photo: Rachel Curry.
The fundraising and awareness campaign runs throughout the six weeks of Lent and brings hundreds of thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Last year supporters, schools and parishes around Australia raised a record-breaking $11.57 million – $1.33 million in Perth – to go towards Caritas Australia’s humanitarian and long-term development programs in more than 40 countries
Choir singers enrich the ceremony during the launch, which marks the 50th year of Project Compassion. Photo: Rachel Curry.
In his homily for the occasion, Bishop Sproxton spoke about the origins of Project Compassion which he explained could be found in Vatican II pastoral constitution Gaudium et spes, commonly known as the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World which outlined how the Church must seek to walk in solidarity with all of humanity.
“The eyes of the world were on the things that were coming out from the Council. One of those things was the call from the Pastoral Constitution for the dioceses all over the world, and particularly in the wealthier parts of the world, to fix their eyes on the poor,” he said.
“A beautiful passage in the document came to everyone’s attention. It ran: ‘It is as if Christ himself were appealing to the charity of his followers through the mouths of these poor people.’”…
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