The Universal Solidarity Fund has its roots in the behavior of the first Christian community mentioned in the book of the Acts of the Apostles: "The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. In fact there was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need" (Acts 4: 32.34-35).
The first Christians had given birth to specific forms of commitment both for the poor and for the mission; the community in Jerusalem had endowed itself with both a charitable structure, which hinged first on the twelve apostles and later on the deacons, and a solidarity fund, the result of free offers and free contributions from the sale of property.
These collections, initiated by St. Paul and carried out with a charitable purpose, had at the same time a pastoral objective: the unity of faith and love among Christians.
It is the same concern that drives Pauline Jaricot to bring her friends together to devote themselves to prayer and fundraising for the missions.
Pontifical Missionary Cooperation and Inter-Ecclesial solidarity