Magazine article Momentum

Catholic Youth Raising Thousands of Service Hours in Honor of Pope Benedict XVI

Magazine article Momentum

Catholic Youth Raising Thousands of Service Hours in Honor of Pope Benedict XVI

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BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS FOR POPE BENEDICT

A gift of public service from U.S. Catholic youth and students

Online pledge form will gather information about the number of participants, the total hours volunteered and the kind of service provided

Thousands of Catholic young people were busier than usual this spring doing service projects as a way of celebrating the 81st birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. The pope will turn 81 on April 16, the second day of his six-day April 15 to 20 visit to the United States.

NCEA has issued an invitation to Catholic elementary and high school students, children in parish religious education programs, college students and seminarians to do voluntary acts of service in honor of the pontiff's birthday.

The project allows each student to choose how to spend his or her time volunteering. Acts of service are broadly defined as anything that helps another person or improves the environment. This may include canned-food drives, visiting nursing homes, writing letters to members of the armed forces or shut-ins, raising money for a charity or cleaning up a local park. …

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