Loading
Christian Charity
Pope Benedict teaches that true alleviation of poverty is spiritual and material
Pope Benedict teaches that true alleviation of poverty is spiritual and material

.- Aid organizations must bring more than material aid to truly help those in need, said Pope Benedict. They must bring “the joyful witness of those who have met the Lord,” which will “be a light to illuminate the way of people seeking a more dignified life," the pontiff emphasized.

The Holy Father made these remarks in a meeting with the administrative council of the “Populorum Progressio” Foundation in Rome gathered for their annual assembly.

The foundation was started in 1992 by Pope John Paul II to serve poor rural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. John Paul II founded the group because he saw the need to help people “whose ancestral customs are threatened by postmodern culture, and who risk seeing the destruction of their traditions which are so ready to accept the truth of the Gospel.”

Pope Benedict praised two of the aspects that distinguish Populorum Progressio from other organizations: the first is the concept of 'integral promotion'," which "takes the social and material aspect of life into account, as well as the announcement of faith which gives full meaning to man's life, and the second is the consultation of local bishops in approving aid to communities.

The practice of “integral promotion” satisfies the real poverty of those in need said the Pope. “[M]an's real poverty is his lack of hope, the absence of a Father to give meaning to his existence." 

According to the Holy Father, the unique practice of consulting the local bishops is admirable because, “the decision rests in the hands of people who well know the problems and concrete needs of those peoples."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
20

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Gospel
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35

Homily
Date
04/20/14
04/19/14
04/18/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: