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Pope Francis' optimism can overcome daunting challenges in the world of Catholic charity, argues Alexis Kelley, and his US trip will reignite the American Catholic philanthropy.

"The more than 1500 American foundations funding Catholic ministries globally do immeasurable good.

"A looming demographic challenge in the Church, however, could threaten that. Pew Research Centers' 2014 Religious Landscape Study found that roughly 3 in 10 millennial Catholics regularly attend Mass. If Catholic-identified giving falls off dramatically, the Church's ministries and those pathways out of poverty will be at risk. 

"But Pope Francis is a man of hope, and he can lend his joyful optimism to this cause as well. Here's how."--Alexis Kelley, Huffington Post

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