Media CenterExpression of Support for CRS from Archbishop Barreto Jimeno (Peru)
The Most Reverend Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, s.j., Archbishop of Huancayo, Peru, recently sent a letter to Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, CRS President & CEO, expressing his support for the work of CRS as the organization celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. He gave us permission to post his letter.
Dear Dr. Carolyn,
It is my pleasure to write these lines to you, from the first time we met in the United States two years ago, I can attest to your personal humanity, spirituality and the ecclesial vision you have for CRS.
On this occasion of the celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the creation of CRS, I join in giving thanks to the Lord and his collaborators who are part of the Church in the United States of America. The mission of CRS is to announce the living Christ to our brothers and sisters who are poor and marginalized in our society. For this reason, the mission of CRS is timely and urgent, because it responds to the call of Pope Francis to go beyond itself to find Christ in our brothers and sisters.
The contribution of CRS to the Church is both universal and broad because it is present in over 100 countries, attending to human dignity and the integral development of tens of millions of people.
As the Archbishop of Huancayo, I thank God for the solidarity of those who have accompanied us, through these years as Church, strengthening our gospel call to serve the neediest. Additionally, I must thank CRS for its unconditional support for the defense of the lives and health of the people in La Oroya who have suffered from grave environmental contamination.
Again, my congratulations to you on this important institutional anniversary. May God Bless you.
Monsignor Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, s.j.
Archbishop of Huancayo