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Reach out to the poor, says cardinal honoured by Catholic Extension

After what has been a “bruising election campaign,” Americans “need to recoup” and remind themselves of “what wonders God has done in us and through us” for the country, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick said on 27th October.

God’s wonders for the nation are ongoing “as we reach out to others,” he added at an awards dinner in New York.

Cardinal McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, made the comments after he received Catholic Extension’s Spirit of Francis Award at the Metropolitan Club of New York in Manhattan.

He went on to highlight the need for Catholics to reach out to poor, rural and remote areas of the country, “where people do not have the religious opportunities that we had. What a blessing it is that we have a Catholic Extension.”

Now in its third year, the Spirit of Francis Award recognises an individual or group for their commitment “to reach out to the margins of society” in the spirit of three men named Francis: St Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and Fr Francis Clement Kelley, who founded Catholic Extension 111 years ago.

Picture: An old man sits and begs on 23rd June 2016. Photo: JENS KALAENE/DPA/PA Images.