Local Habitat for Humanity to build home in honor of Pope Francis

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A Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity house will be built this year in St. Cloud in honor of Pope Francis “for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church,” the organization announced April 10.

Pope Francis greets crowd as he arrives to deliver Easter message and blessing 'Urbi et Orbi' at Vatican

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to deliver his Easter message and blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The home, one of four that it will build this year in the city, will be sold to a local, low-income family in partnership with local churches and other members of the community.

“Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded on living out the principles and teaching of Jesus Christ,” Bruce Johnson, executive director of CMHFH, said in a news release. “This build is a great opportunity for people from the faith community to work together to bless a local family.”

The effort, funded by a gift from an anonymous donor, is part of the organization’s Apostles Build program, designed to encourage members of different churches to combine their collective efforts to build a Habitat home.

This year, the gift will be used specifically to challenge the Catholic community to collectively contribute its time, talent and treasure to the Pope Francis Home Building Project.

Habitat staff met last month with Bishop Donald Kettler to discuss the project and get his support.

The house is located at 157 24th Ave. South. It was acquired earlier this year out of foreclosure and will be torn down before building a new home on the existing foundation, according to CMHFH.

On April 18, area youth are invited to help clean out the house to prepare for demolition. A “wall-bashing” ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 24 to kick off the project. The wall-raising is planned for mid-June and a dedication ceremony will be held when the home is completed this fall.

There will be a number of opportunities for members of the community to volunteer and financially support the project. For more information about this project and upcoming events, visit cmhfh.org.