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Peter's Pence

Giving your pennies to Peter or Mary

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“It’ll be interesting,” a reader said to me in an email today, “to see if Peter’s Pence brings in more than in the past — that’d be a sure sign of the ‘Francis effect,’ wouldn’t it?”

Peter’s Pence is an annual, global collection of the Catholic church. The money goes directly to the pope, who uses it to “provide emergency assistance to those in need because of natural disaster, war, oppression, and disease,” according to the website of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

Fund focuses on empowering women for social change

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In downtown Asheville, N.C., across the street from the unemployment office, a couple of blocks away from the social services agency and less than a mile from the county jail, there is an old yellow house where everyone is welcome. By day it is a shelter for the city’s homeless -- a place to rest, eat a meal, find a friend and escape the heat -- and by night a home to Amy Cantrell, her partner, Lauren White, and a few others who help out with chores, cooking and maintenance.

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