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Peter's Pence


"A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just."

−Pope Francis, Angelus, March 17, 2013

The national collection date for the Peter's Pence Collection is the weekend of October 3-4, 2020. Your diocese may take up the collection at a different time. Check with your diocese or call the USCCB Office of National Collections at 202-541-3346.

Pope Francis calls each of us to witness to charity and to show God's mercy to one another. He encourages us to "open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!" (Misericordiae Vultus [MV], no. 15). The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis blesses a young man in Cuba. CNS Photo/Paul HaringThe purpose of the Peter's Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.

The USCCB National Collections Committee oversees the promotion of the Peter's Pence Collection. This committee includes the following members: 

  • Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, Chairman
  • Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR
  • Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv
  • Bishop Octavio Cisneros
  • Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.
  • Bishop W. Shawn McKnight
  • Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton
  • Bishop David P. Talley

The Peter's Pence Collection has raised nearly $190 million to support our suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. Thank you for standing in solidarity with the Holy See through your generosity. Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in faith who are facing adversity.

The Peter's Pence Collection derives its name from an ancient custom. In ninth-century England. King Alfred the Great collected money, a "pence," from landowners as financial support for the Pope. Today, the Peter's Pence Collection supports the Pope's philanthropy by giving the Holy Father the means to provide emergency assistance to those in need because of natural disaster, war, oppression, and disease.

If your diocese takes up the collection at another time, please remember that collection resources are always available.

Please give generously to the Peter's Pence Collection. 

To donate online, please visit

Or send your donation by mail to:

Peter's Pence Collection
The Apostolic Nunciature
3339 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

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