World AIDS Day:Get involved

In honor of World AIDS Day, Pope Benedict XVI recently gave a talk at St. Peter’s Square: “The Church never ceases to strive to combat AIDS through her institutions and personnel dedicated to that task. I call upon everyone to make their contribution, with prayer and tangible assistance, so that people affected by the HIV ...

Many Thanks!

Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the best reminders we have to sit back and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. And we at Cross Catholic have found so much to thank God for this year! In the spirit of Psalm 9:1 — “I will give thanks to the LORD with my ...

Feeding Hungry Families for Thanksgiving

Though we are an international organization, Cross International Catholic Outreach occasionally finds the opportunity to reach out to those in need in our own community. This month we’ve partnered with St. Maurice Catholic Church to distribute 21,000-pounds of Thanksgiving food supplies to hundreds of the poor in South Florida. On Friday, a few Cross Catholic ...

Giving God the Glory

A few of our staff members recently visited China to see how we could expand our outreach there. During their trip, they met with a ministry called China Little Flower, which is run by Nebraskan-born Catholic Brent Johnson. The ministry operates five homes around Beijing for premature babies and critically-ill children who were abandoned or ...

Fixing a Broken Heart

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Nguyen was dying. She had a congenital heart valve defect that was slowly getting worse. The 36-year-old widow could no longer work as a day laborer in the rice and coffee fields of southern Vietnam. Without a job she had no way to support herself and her 10-year-old daughter, so she moved back in with ...

A Unifying Experience

Here at Cross Catholic we do many things to foster the “spirit of unity” Paul talks about in Romans 15:5 that is so crucial for successful works of charity in Christ’s name. Our daily staff devotional time is just one example of our unity-building activities. Recently, we extended this idea to some of our ministry ...

Field Notes: Reflections on Kenya

Tuesday I traveled into Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The trip was long as the roads were typical of what one sees outside most city limits…the last five miles on tracks that picked through the arid landscape. This area has been severely affected by an ongoing drought. Everyone seemed to be pleased that it had been ...

Rescued from Slavery

Working with the poor, we often hear a lot of heartbreaking stories from the countries we serve. One of our project officers recently commented that sometimes it feels like there are more needs than we could ever possibly meet. What gives him hope are the success stories of people whose lives are changed through our ...

Ethiopian Drought: 6.2 million lives at risk

Back in the 1980s, constant media coverage made “famine” a virtual synonym for “Ethiopia.” But the root issues were never entirely resolved, and now a new drought is underway, and many families in rural villages are reliving the nightmare. The combination of dry weather, high food prices, and inadequate farming techniques has forced the Ethiopian ...