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Pope reminds businesses of responsibility to help poor, vulnerable

Jan 28, 2014 - 12:21 pm .- Business leaders have an obligation to use their gifts to help the poor and vulnerable, working to promote equality and human dignity, said Pope Francis in a recent letter.

Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Jan 14, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the streets of Rome and died from exposure to the cold last month.

Group aims to ease US water poverty with Advent campaign

Dec 5, 2013 - 03:53 am .- A human rights organization is teaming up with a Catholic mission this Advent to help offer free, clean water to an area of the world that often gets overlooked when fighting water poverty: the United States.

DC Catholics help bring Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry

Nov 28, 2013 - 06:22 am .- Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts – and kitchens – to the poor, hungry and homeless in their neighborhoods for Thanksgiving this year.

Cardinals: poverty, religious freedom are part of Church's social message

Nov 12, 2013 - 01:52 am .- Pope Francis’ message of concern for the poor is one that is echoed in the U.S., as part of a robust Catholic social teaching that cares for immigrants, the unborn and the religiously persecuted, said two cardinals.  

Springfield diocese offering free legal aid to those in need

Oct 17, 2013 - 02:03 am .- An Illinois diocese is launching a volunteer legal services program for the poor in need of legal counsel for civil matters, its bishop announced.

Health and development non-profit expands work to Peru

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:31 am .- An Arizona-based international development organization has announced its expansion into Peru to help impoverished rural families who live near the famous Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Pope to auction Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit homeless

Oct 16, 2013 - 02:08 am .- Pope Francis has donated his Harley Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen that serves Rome’s homeless.

Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

Sep 10, 2013 - 04:12 pm .- An Italian pastor has donated a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles to Pope Francis, in response to the exhortation he made to priests and seminarians in July to live simply and humbly.

New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Sep 5, 2013 - 04:12 am .- A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of poverty in the modern world, according to one cardinal.

Pope donates 100,000 euros to poor dioceses in Argentina

Aug 15, 2013 - 12:11 pm .- Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Argentina encouraging them to “unceasingly” reach out to help those in need by participating in a national collection on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Aug 2, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more than 100,000 meals.

In tough times, Catholics of Detroit provide 'voice of hope'

Aug 1, 2013 - 04:18 am .- In the wake of Detroit’s decision to file for bankruptcy, Catholics in the city are using a variety of venues to provide essential services to neighbors in need.

Chilean archbishop donates inheritance to help college students

Jul 8, 2013 - 11:03 am .- The archbishop of Concepcion, Chile, has donated a $50,000 inheritance to a Catholic university in the city to establish a food scholarship in memory of his late aunt.

US bishops' group approves $9 million in anti-poverty funds

Jun 18, 2013 - 02:14 am .- The domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved more than $9 million in grants to help alleviate poverty and injustice throughout the United States.

International bishops urge G8 leaders to remember the poor

Jun 4, 2013 - 01:19 pm .- Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of the poor in developing countries across the globe.

Law professor says Christian sexual ethics will help poor

May 10, 2013 - 02:06 pm .- George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare challenged Catholics to courageously witness to the truth of the Church’s sexual teaching, because doing so will aid the poor.

Poverty linked to respect for life in Pope's book

Apr 29, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- In his newly translated book, Pope Francis proposes a Christ-centered understanding of human dignity that yields a comprehensive respect for life reaching from the unborn to the impoverished.

Pope thanks foundation for fighting material, spiritual poverty

Apr 11, 2013 - 08:55 am .- Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and spiritual poverty” present throughout the world.

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Feb 21, 2013 - 05:13 pm .- If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services.

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