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Vatican cardinal: Catholic charity ‘is not only giving food … but giving God’

Posted by Joseph on 20 November, 2014

The Vatican cardinal who oversees the Church’s charitable initiatives has emphasized again that Catholic charities cannot be satisfied with meeting the material needs of those they serve.

“Charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity is not only giving food, giving material things, but giving God too. Because the main lack of man is not having God,” Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, told Catholic News Agency.

Sarah made the remarks while attending a week-long leadership forum for members of Caritas In Veritate International, a new federation of Catholic groups that buy into the concept of offering both material and spiritual help.

He told the forum that it was worse to deny people the truth of Jesus Christ and his teaching than to deny them food or other material aid. “It’s very important to express that the hunger we are suffering today is not having God in our life, in our society,” he said. And quoting Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate, he declared, “The main food is God.”



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