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From the Holy Father
“I extend greetings and prayerful good wishes to the Board of Trustees of The Papal Foundation and to the Stewards of Saint Peter on the occasion of the annual meeting in Washington, DC.
“I am most grateful to all of you for your fidelity to Successor of Peter and your generous concern for the needs of the universal Church, especially her apostolate among the poor and in the developing nations.
“This commitment to Christian charity remains as urgent as ever for the Church’s growth throughout the world and the material and spiritual support of our brothers and sisters in the faith.
“To you and your families I send my blessing as a pledge of abiding joy and peace in the Lord.”
“The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace.
“…The work of The Papal Foundation is above all one of spiritual solidarity with the Successor of Peter. I ask you, then, to continue to pray for my ministry, for the needs of the Church, and in a particular way for the conversion of minds and hearts to the beauty, goodness and truth of the Gospel.”