The first endeavour by Œuvre Léger was The Gold Cross in 1948, which provided health care, training and literacy programs to child victims of WWII in Europe. The founder, Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger, was also an Archbishop in Montréal until he renounced the title in 1967 to become a missionary. This gave him the opportunity to create many partnerships in Africa, Latin America and Asia, and to develop several education and health aid programs. To this day, his organization continues to work both in Canada and internationally.
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