This morning I met with several members of the Baltimore City delegation of the Maryland General Assembly to share with them how the Church is present in Baltimore City and to hear from them how we might work together to address additional unmet needs, especially in West Baltimore.
Almost six months after the unrest of this past spring, the Church continues to provide important services in the areas of healthcare, education, job training, housing, hunger, joblessness, and violence prevention. Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, and social service agencies are working together to provide these critical services. They are also working with our government and private sector partners to address the many problems that threaten the human dignity of our sisters and brothers in our city.
I am grateful to our elected officials for their service and their love of our city and to the many outstanding Catholic partners we have who are serving with joyful and faith-filled hearts so many people in need.