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#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church

Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer “hope and unity” for Catholics by inviting them to share their positive stories about faith and community “during this difficult chapter in the Church.”

As Catholics “struggle with the painful issues facing the Church today,” particularly the abuse crisis, Catholic Extension “recognises that it is a difficult time to be Catholic.”

“We must face hard truths together in order to change and grow stronger in love. It will hurt. It will be hard. And we will endure as a family of faith,” the Chicago-based national organisation said in a news release announcing the social media campaign. “It’s times like this we should join together, as a faith family looking toward positive examples, to unify people and provide support.”

Catholic Extension is inviting people to share their stories, including short videos, photos or a written post on social media using the hashtag #WhyImCatholic. They also can submit them to www.catholicextension.org/whyimcatholic.

Stories will be gathered and shared on the Chicago-based organisation’s Facebook page, Twitter account (@CathExtension) and website (www.catholicextension.org).

Picture: Catholic Extension has launched the #WhyImCatholic campaign, which invites Catholics to share stories of hope as a way to support one another and walk together in faith through the challenging times facing the Catholic Church. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Extension).

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