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Prelate discusses work of Papal Foundation

Catholic World News - April 20, 2012

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling - Charleston, president of the board of trustees of the Papal Foundation, discussed the work of the Pennsylvania-based charity. Members of the foundation, according to Bishop Bransfield, each give at least $1 million to fund papal charitable projects.

“Early in the 1980s JPII had a lot of charities that he was not able to fund and a lot of concerns in Easter Europe and throughout the world,” said Bishop Bransfield. “So cardinals and archbishops who were his friends … Cardinal [John] Krol and Cardinal [Theodore] McCarrick got together and set up a foundation, it started in Philadelphia but immediately spread throughout our country.”

“The [Pope’s] wish list gets longer and longer,” he added. “We have been doing a lot of work in Haiti, a great deal went there when that [earthquake] happened. Right now a lot will go to Africa, to Mother Teresa’s sisters. We try to help the projects that they are involved in, because they don’t take the money directly but there are ways we can help.”

Papal Foundation members began a pilgrimage on April 18 and will have an audience with Pope Benedict on April 21.

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