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Camden Diocese Launches Campaign Ahead of Pope's Visit



    "40 Days of Francis" Initiative Sparks Spiritual Preparation for Papal Visit

    A popular Pope Francis tweet is now on local t-shirts raising money for the poor: “To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.” The Diocese of Camden launched a “40 days of Francis” initiative to focus on those in need, from the hungry to the Atlantic City casino crisis. NBC10’s Cydney Long reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 17, 2015)

    The Diocese of Camden is using the 40-day lead-up to Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia to raise awareness of poverty throughout southern New Jersey.

    Bishop Dennis Sullivan said Monday that the pope's arrival for the World Meeting of Families gives them the opportunity to focus on the poor and take action. Sullivan notes the diocese comprises the state's poorest city, Camden, and its poorest county, Cumberland.

    Sullivan dubbed the campaign the "40 Days of Pope Francis," as the diocese looks forward to the pope's Sept. 26-27 visit.

    The diocese will conduct open houses at its eight Catholic Charities centers to allow visitors to learn about the diocesan social services network and the people it serves.

    The diocese's six high schools will also hold a food drive.