Catholic charity chief attributes rapid growth to Pope Francis
Mary's Meals founder applauds pope's stance on poverty
Picture: CNA/Stephen Driscoll
The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished.
“The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those things more than we did before,” said founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow.
MacFarlane-Barrow met Pope Francis June 25 in Saint Peter's Square during his last general audience before he heads to Rio di Janeiro next month for World Youth Day.
The pontiff had heard about the charity through its supporters and MacFarlane-Barrow was invited to attend the general audience and receive a personal blessing. Alongside his wife, the charity founder presented the Pope with the blue Mary's Meals mug. “It was wonderful and a very, very special moment for my wife and I,” he told CNA.
Source: Catholic News Agency
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