pope.jpgEarlier today, God-o-Meter reported on “Days of Service” being organized by Catholic Barack Obama supporters in cities the pope is visiting. It turns out the events are also happening in two important primary states: Pennsylvania and Indiana. Check out this schedule of events, sent to God-o-Meter from an Obama supporter:

Thursday, April 17, 2008
Washington D.C.
5:00-8:00 PM – D.C. Central Kitchen
Volunteers will help prepare fresh, locally grown produce that is used for job training
programs and served at soup kitchens and shelters around the city.
Friday, April 18, 2008
New York City, NY
9:45-12:30 PM – Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Volunteers will help serve food and scrub tables at one of the largest, longest-running
soup kitchens in the city.
7:00-9:30 PM – Grand Central Food Program
Volunteers will work with a mobile soup kitchen that serves meals every night.
Philadelphia, PA
10:15 – 1:15 PM – Project H.O.M.E.
(Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education)
Volunteers and Former Congressman Tim Roemer will tour a neighborhood and serve
the community.
South Bend, IN
1:45 ? 3:30 PM ? Cardinal Nursing Home
Volunteers will attend Mass and visit with elderly residents.

Here’s the accompanying email to Catholic Obama backers:

I wanted to let you know about what local groups of Catholics and other faith communities in four cities have been doing to honor Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the United States. These groups, brought together by their support of Barack Obama, have organized a series of community service projects under the theme, “Days of Hope Abounding: Feeding the Hungry, Caring for the Forgotten, Visiting the Elderly.”
Before arriving in the United States, Pope Benedict XVI delivered this message: “the world is in greater need of hope than ever…” The days of service, which are occurring in New York, D.C., Philadelphia, and South Bend, Indiana this Thursday and Friday, are intended to honor the Pope’s visit and his message of hope. The Day of Service is not a political event and the local groups are encouraging others to join in the shared effort. I have attached a flyer that provides details about all of the activities organized in each city. Contact information is provided should you want to get involved.
The groups are reaching out to those so often forgotten in our society – the hungry, the poor, and the elderly. During the day of service, volunteers will visit soup kitchens in New York City, a nursing home in South Bend, Indiana, a food distribution center in Washington, D.C., and a homelessness prevention center in Philadelphia.


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