The Pope received in audience today members of the foundation, which organizes annual fundraisers to support the Holy Father's charitable endeavors, and offers grants, projects and scholarships to developing countries.
"The very source of the Church's service of love, as she strives to alleviate the suffering of the poor and weak, can be found in her unwavering faith that the Lord has definitively conquered sin and death; and that in serving her brothers and sisters, she serves the Lord himself until he comes again in glory," the Pontiff told the foundation representatives.
"Dear friends, I am pleased to have this occasion to express my gratitude for the generous support the Papal Foundation offers through aid projects and scholarships which assist me in carrying out my apostolic ministry to the universal Church," he continued. "I ask for your prayers, and I assure you of my own.
"May your good works continue to multiply, filling our brothers and sisters with the sure hope that Jesus never ceases to pour out his life for us in the sacraments so that we may provide for the material and spiritual needs of the whole human family."
Cardinal John Krol, then the retired archbishop of Philadelphia, established the U.S.-based Papal Foundation in 1990.