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How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Oct 8, 2015 - 03:45 am .- Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church.

Over 45 million live in poverty as Pope Francis comes to visit

Sep 17, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Carolyn Smith of Dayton, Ohio was living without food or working utilities and in “in an utter, total state of depression” when a Good Samaritan brought her to the local Catholic Social Services.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an outdoor art exhibit designed to place beauty at the center of an impoverished neighborhood.

'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:24 am .- Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:48 pm .- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty.

Rome's poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Mar 23, 2015 - 12:17 pm .- Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.

Would you recognize 'Homeless Jesus' on a park bench in DC?

Mar 4, 2015 - 04:18 am .- A statue of “Homeless Jesus” now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization’s president hoping it will spur passers-by to service.

Go forth! Ministry leaders instructed to encounter God in the poor

Feb 11, 2015 - 02:23 am .- The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference exhorted a group of Catholic leaders to go forth in ministry to serve at the peripheries of society, where they will encounter God in the poor.

Pope gives 300 umbrellas to Rome's homeless amid downpour

Feb 5, 2015 - 09:53 am .- After several days of rain and dreary weather that has not yet cleared, the Vatican’s papal almoner has distributed 300 umbrellas to homeless persons around Rome on behalf of Pope Francis.

Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, Pope tells UN

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic of hunger are twisted for the sake of national security.

Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:08 am .- In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people, even as it faces such challenges as irreligion, poverty, and alcoholism in the former Soviet republic.  

Remember the 'least of these' in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

Nov 18, 2014 - 03:40 pm .- As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a “circle of protection” be enacted around budget programs focusing on the poor.  

Pope: Fighting for the poor doesn't make me Communist – it makes me Catholic

Oct 29, 2014 - 12:21 pm .- Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of a “globalization of indifference” – a warning, he said, which has wrongly type-casted him.

Church serves women 'the rest of the world has left behind'

Sep 7, 2014 - 04:32 pm .- Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work.  

Caritas launches powerful animated short to fight global hunger

Sep 3, 2014 - 05:26 am .- Global Catholic relief agency Caritas Internationalis has launched a new video aimed at promoting awareness about the need to help one another in the fight against worldwide hunger.

New USCCB social development director aims to fight poverty

Jun 17, 2014 - 07:53 pm .- The U.S. bishops have named Mark Rohlena, head of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, to direct the Office of Domestic Social Development for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

New evangelization must zero-in on poverty, lawyer says

Jun 12, 2014 - 06:19 pm .- The call of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis to connect the issues of poverty and the new evangelization has come not a moment too soon, George Mason law professor Helen Alvare told the U.S. bishops June 12.

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

Jun 12, 2014 - 05:12 pm .- The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, said leading bishops at a recent gathering.

Despite improvements, still 'a long way to go' for US homeless

Jun 5, 2014 - 12:08 pm .- A new report on homelessness shows some improvements in the country's response to those who are without shelter, but also a need for continued work, said an advisor to the U.S. bishops.

Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

Apr 4, 2014 - 10:35 am .- In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel.

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