By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor
Regina Mburu, Unbound’s communications liaison in Africa, captured this photo of Pope Francis as his motorcade headed to the Kangemi community.
A view of muddy paths in Kangemi shows the poor infrastructure, which is one of the challenges residents face.
Freedom from poverty. Fighting corruption. Unity between people of different cultures and religions. Having a reason to hope.
Unbound staffers addressed these and other topics on Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa.
“The pope is characterized by acts of love and compassion toward the poor — often reaching out to them and signifying a new light and hope in life for them,” said Teddy Naluwu, coordinator of Unbound’s program in Kampala, Uganda. “This is the same purpose for which Unbound exists.
Sometimes we can’t avoid being confronted with the fragility of human life. How should we respond to acts of horror such as the recent attack at the Boston Marathon? Larry Livingston, CFCA church relations director, reflects on this and other events to conclude that even in our frailty and vulnerability, the best of humanity can shine forth.
By Luis Cocon, CFCA communications center liaison in Guatemala
It is painful to see my country bleed.
The bodies of two little girls, ages 6 and 12, were found on Jan. 16 dumped on a street in Guatemala City. Police said that both girls had been asphyxiated.
As I watched the evening news, I could not help but think of what these helpless children went through and the pain that their family was suffering. I was moved; our whole country was moved. These could have been our own children.
Violence has affected my life and the lives of those in my country in many ways. It has affected the way we live, play and go about our daily lives.
I remember as a child playing in my neighborhood streets for as long as I wanted, even after street lights came on. My children cannot enjoy that kind of freedom. Read more
Q. Does CFCA work with sponsored members from various faith backgrounds?
A. Yes. Founded by lay Catholics and grounded in the Gospel call to serve the poor, CFCA works with people from all faith traditions. Among our more than 300,000 sponsored members are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and followers of indigenous beliefs.
Our mission is to build community and foster culturally diverse relationships based on mutual respect, understanding and support without religious or other prejudice.
When we create a true exchange of cultures, understanding and love as equals, we are alleviating not just material poverty, but we are also creating the bonds of lasting peace and unity among people of diverse faiths and backgrounds.