“Love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to [the Church] as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any more than she can neglect the Sacraments and the Word”. — Pope Benedict VXI, Deus Caritas Est (2005), paragraph 22
As Catholic Christians, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore has inherent worth and value. We are convinced that in loving the poor ones, we love Jesus Christ Himself, who identified with the poor, regardless of nation or creed.