“Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission! Today, in the light of the word of God that we have heard, what is the Lord saying to us? What is the Lord saying to us? Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid, and serve.” – Pope Francis, 2013 World Youth Day Homily

Pope Francis has become widely known as being the Pope for the Poor. This starts with his choice to use the name Francis and continues with his decision to live a humble lifestyle. He is outspoken about serving the poor without boundaries, a message that is very close to that of International Samaritan. With the Pope’s personal ties to South America, we cannot help but think that in the future he will help shed light on the poverty that is a way of life for millions of people in that region.

At this year’s World Youth Day, which was hosted in Brazil, the Pope said in his closing mass “Go, do not be afraid, and serve. If you follow these three ideas, you will experience that the one who evangelizes is evangelized, the one who transmits the joy of faith receives joy.” And so it is true with every individual that serves with International Samaritan. Not only do they make a difference to the people of the garbage dump community, but they see an even bigger difference in themselves.

We are blessed to share so many priorities with the Pope and pray that under his leadership the possibilities to serve through International Samaritan will grow.