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October 27, 2015

Pope's U.S. Visit Was a 'Shot in the Arm' for Catholic Charities, Says Group's Leader

Sister Donna Markham, the head of Catholic Charities USA, tells The Wall Street Journal she is hoping to build on the momentum created by Pope Francis's recent visit to further serve the poor.

The pope's visit was an "an incredible shot in the arm," Sister Markham said. During his visit to Washington, D.C., the Pope met with clients and staff at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. The fact that the pope chose to meet with people who were suffering and struggling helped elevate the awareness about the nonprofit's mission, she said.

Most of the charity's funding comes from the government, said Sister Markham. The group is trying to raise more money to expand its efforts to help people find jobs and become self-sufficient. "That is going to be a real area of needed expansion within Catholic Charities across the country, and we’re looking at partnering with various corporations and foundations. We haven’t had many of those [partnerships] at all."