London, England, Nov 11, 2016 / 16:06 pm
Those who are homeless, both those who live on the streets and those who move from place to place, need active charity from Christians, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said.
"A walk through these streets at night, or early morning will show what a problem this is," the cardinal said, linking the response to homelessness to the Gospel imperative to show attention to those most in need.
He spoke Nov. 2 to the Caritas Social Action Network parliamentary reception.
The cardinal cited sustained increases in homelessness in the last six years, where at least 3,500 people in England and Wales sleep on the streets on the average night. Spending cutbacks on homelessness prevention and human services have strained charities.