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When an Oregon town told a church to limit its meals to the homeless the DOJ stepped in

Nov 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, Oregon, has for years regularly provided meals for homeless people in the area up... Read more

Waiters bring lunch to Pope Francis and those seated at his table on the World Day of the Poor on Nov. 19, 2023. The lunch was offered by Hilton Hotels and organized by the Vatican's charity office and the Sant'Egidio community.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis shares Vatican lunch with poor

Nov 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis had lunch with about 1,200 poor, refugees, and homeless from around Rome on Sunday to mark the Church’s... Read more

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, after cutting the ribbon on a new "Pope's Laundromat" for the homeless.

Pope Francis opens two new laundromats for the homeless

Nov 5, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The new facilities include washers and dryers, detergent, hot showers, and a full range of personal hygiene products.  Read more

Rony Roller Circus.

Vatican invites Rome poor to a day at the circus

Feb 11, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s charity office has invited around 2,000 poor and marginalized people to a circus performance in Rome on Saturday. Read more

Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022

Pope Francis prays for homeless man who died in St. Peter's Square

Nov 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Burkhard Scheffler, a 61-year-old man born in Germany, died on a cold night on the street, a Vatican spokesman said. Read more

Progetto Arca’s mobile kitchen in Rome.

Food truck for the homeless arrives at the Vatican

Feb 18, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Volunteers will distribute meals to people living on the streets around St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone meets with people experiencing homeless at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on November 6, 2021.

PHOTOS: Archbishop Cordileone offers Requiem Mass for homeless

Nov 9, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Saturday, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone offered a Requiem Mass for the homeless at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Current... Read more

Hundreds of people processed with the Eucharist around a Denver abortion clinic during a 40 Days for Life event on Oct. 3, 2021.

Archbishop Cordileone ties Eucharistic reverence to respect for life

Oct 30, 2021

By Autumn Jones

In a new reflection, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone identifies a common thread linking abortion, homelessness, and the urgent... Read more

Pope Francis with the volunteers helping vaccinate people in need at the Vatican April 2, 2021.

Pope Francis visits Vatican vaccination center

Apr 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on the morning of Good Friday visited the auditorium where the Vatican is vaccinating 1,200 people in need... Read more

Responding to pope’s call, Archbishop Cordileone supports ‘Year for the Homeless’

Feb 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

Following Pope Francis’ appeal to pray for the homeless deceased, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is supporting a local... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an ambulance entrusted to the Office of Papal Charities.

Pope Francis’ ambulance brings free flu shots and coronavirus tests to the homeless

Dec 3, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ charity brought free flu vaccines and coronavirus tests to homeless people living in a town outside Rome on... Read more

Sant'Egidio prayer memorial in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere Feb. 2, 2020. Photo courtesy of Sant'Egidio.

Homeless gather in Roman basilica to pray for those who died on the streets

Feb 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Hundreds of homeless people and volunteers prayed together in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere Sunday to honor those... Read more

Mike Harris, who was one of the people displaced from K Street, poses for a picture in front of his tent under L Street.

Washington DC clears out homeless camp, breaking up community

Jan 17, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

One former resident told CNA that he believes the dismantling was necessary, and he blames the city for letting the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Sept. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need

Jul 14, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Helping a person in need requires compassion toward their situation, Pope Francis said Sunday, encouraging Catholics to think first about... Read more

'Tiny house' in Portland, Ore.

Could a 'tiny house' subsidy help LA's homeless population?

Oct 30, 2018

Aid agencies for the homeless often face what they call the NIMBY- “not in my backyard”- problem; the challenge that... Read more

The rules of the streets: Which laws help - and hurt - the homeless

Feb 8, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Walk down 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colo., and you’ll probably see people who are homeless sitting on the ground... Read more

These youth feed 2000 homeless people every night in Uruguay

Dec 26, 2017

For many people, a warm meal is a way to come together, celebrate, and spend time with friends and family.... Read more

Fr. Cattany blesses an attendee of the annual Father Woody Christmas cash giveaway, Dec. 14, 2017.

Christmas cash for the homeless: The legacy of one Denver priest continues

Dec 14, 2017

By Mary Farrow, Perry West

It was a chilly Thursday in December, with a dusting of snow on the ground. But that didn’t stop hundreds... Read more

Denver to provide lockers for city's homeless

May 27, 2017

In response to Denver's large homeless population, the city is providing lockers for the homeless to place their belongings so... Read more

The new laundromat organized by the papal charities office and the Community of Sant'Egidio.

'Pope Francis laundry' service opens for homeless in Rome

Apr 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday the latest Pope Francis-inspired initiative for the poor opened up in Rome – a new laundromat, with washing,... Read more