Almsgiving is one of the major Christian precepts, particularly in Lent. So how can one not be touched by the request the new Pope made to the bishops, and all the faithful, of his home country by way of the Nuncio in Buenos Aires today? (Naturally, a gesture of charity is not limited to almsgiving: prayers and plain warmth can go a long way.)
As reported once again by our friends at Página Católica:
Buenos Aires, March 14, 2013
I have the honor and the satisfaction of turning to you to inform you that the Holy Father Francis has asked me to transmit to all Bishops, Priests, Religious men and women, and to all the People of God his cherished recognition for the prayers and the expressions of warmth, affection, and charity that he has received. At the same time, he would wish that, instead of going to Rome for the beginning of his Pontificate next March 19, you may keep this spiritual closeness that is so much appreciated, accompanying it with some gesture of charity towards the neediest.
I take this joyful opportunity to vouch to you my sentiments of respectful attention.
+Emil Paul Tscherrig