Catholic Giving and Pope Francis

Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election?

The Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) commissioned a nationwide survey to answer just that, and they found some interesting results.

“Since his election a year ago today, Pope Francis’ message of hope and compassion has strongly resonated with Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” FADICA reported in a press release March 13, 2014.

The new study, funded by FADICA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of National Collections, surveyed 1,003 Catholic adults.

“It is clear that Pope Francis and his message of mercy and joy, and a special concern for the poor, are inspiring U.S. Catholics in their giving,” said Alexia Kelley, President of FADICA, a nonprofit member association that works to strengthen and promote Catholic philanthropy. “These results also show that Hispanic Catholics, in particular, are moved by Pope Francis with respect to their giving,” said Kelley.

Nearly a quarter of Catholics in the United States have increased the amount they give to the church from the previous year.  Many of those respondents who did increase their giving admitted that “the Pope has had a significant impact on their giving” and half of them reported “the Pope’s message of compassion to the poor” helped them to make the decision to give.

What do you think? Have you been more charitable since Pope Francis’ election?

You can take a look at their Executive Summary below:

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