Call to support the Peter’s Pence appeal in 2024

05 Jul 2024

By The Record

Peter's Pence Appeal
A woman and child walk among debris in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, 9 June 2024, aftermath of Israeli strikes at the area, where Israeli hostages were rescued, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. Photo: OSV News/Abed Khaled, Reuters.

Catholics around Australia have last week been asked and encouraged to support the Peter’s Pence appeal on Sunday 30 June, after the Feast of St Peter and St Paul.

Donations to the appeal, which goes back to Medieval times, support Pope Francis’ mission from the proclamation of the Gospel to the promotion of integral human development, education and peace.

Pope Francis greets families outside the parking garages of a condominium in the outskirts of Rome where he met with them for an edition of his “School of Prayer” initiative 6 June 2024. Photo: CNS/Vatican Media.

Peter’s Pence also aims to support a range of charities which bring aid and comfort to the poor, children, families, the elderly, the marginalised, victims of war and natural disasters, refugees and migrants.

In recent times this support has gone to people in Ukraine, Lithuania, Tanzania, the Philippines, Iraq, Haiti, the Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Brazil among other countries.

Catholics are also invited to offer special prayer for the Pope.

The Holy Father said in a message for Peter’s Pence 2024: “The hope that we have been given never divides us from others. Instead, it is an extraordinary gift of which we are called to make ourselves ‘channels’, with humility and simplicity, for everyone. So our boastfulness is because we have as Father a God who opens his house to all human beings, beginning with the least and the most distant, so that as his children we may learn to console and support one another.”

Migrants arrive by boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa 15 September 2023. Migrants attempting to reach Europe suffer serious human rights abuses, said Father Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean priest who lives in Europe and is known as the guardian angel of refugees. Photo: OSV News/Yara Nardi, Reuters.

The Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, which publicly reports on donations, describes Peter’s Pence as “the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their shared concern with the Successor of Peter in addressing the necessities of the Universal Church and to help those most in need”.

Resources for parishes seeking to take part in the appeal can be found here: English (