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Catholic Relief Services distributes food for school children at one of the schools in the Department of Totonicapán, Guatemala, with the help of parent volunteers. The parents who picked up food had to comply with safety protocols such as wearing a mask, hand washing, and disinfection upon entry, and social distancing was maintained at all times.

Catholic Relief Services, USDA work together to provide food for school children in Guatemala during pandemic

In a normal year, Maria Quiró’s children would eat a meal at school as part of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS)... Read more

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J.

Asian bishops honor Indian Jesuit priest Stan Swamy as ‘martyr of the marginalized’

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on Tuesday mourned the death of Jesuit priest Stanislaus Lourduswamy, and called him... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience.

Pope Francis: Marginalizing the poor threatens ‘the very concept of democracy’

In his World Day of the Poor message, the pope appealed for a new global approach to poverty. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on  April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Pope Francis encouraged Catholic organizations on Friday to continue to fight against “unacceptable poverty.”  Read more

Cardinal says Italy is seeing a surge of ‘new poor’ amid the pandemic

An Italian cardinal said Tuesday the country is seeing a surge of “new poor” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

Pope Francis on Christmas Eve: The poor manger was rich in love

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said that the poverty of Christ’s birth in a stable contains an important lesson for... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during the general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 9, 2020.

Council for Inclusive Capitalism launches partnership with Vatican

The Council for Inclusive Capitalism launched a partnership with the Vatican on Tuesday, stating that it will be “under the... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral, London, on Dec. 21, 2019.

Cardinal Nichols urges UK government to reconsider cut to foreign aid budget

Cardinal Vincent Nichols urged the U.K. government Thursday to reconsider a proposed cut to its foreign aid budget.   Read more

Pope Francis prays during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the fourth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15, 2020.

Pope Francis: The poor are at the heart of the Gospel

Pope Francis on Sunday said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, at the Vatican press office on Jan. 18, 2016.

Pandemic forces Vatican to scale down World Day of the Poor events

Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down its commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, pictured in Lebanon on Dec. 2, 2014.

Vatican to UN: pandemic makes 2030 poverty elimination goal even harder to achieve

The coronavirus crisis has made the international community’s goal of eradicating poverty by 2030 even harder to achieve, a Vatican representative told... Read more

The Syrian flag.

Cardinal says Syria has been hit with a ‘poverty bomb’

After nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people have now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the coronavirus... Read more

Saint Ines church in historical downtown of Cumana, Venezuela.

Venezuelan bishop pleads for help: ‘Either COVID kills us or hunger kills us’

The dire economic situation in Venezuela, combined with the effects of the pandemic lockdown, has led to a crisis more... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal says it is time to rebuild, as economic crisis hits northern Italy

A cardinal archbishop in northern Italy said Friday that the COVID-19 health crisis has created an “immense” poverty in the... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis: Catholics cannot ignore the poverty caused by the pandemic

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta April 23, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for families going hungry amid pandemic

Pope Francis asked people to pray on Thursday for families who are struggling to put food on the table during... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 2, 2020.

God will judge us by how we treated the poor, says Pope Francis

Many people suffering from poverty are victims of the “structural injustice” of today’s global economy, Pope Francis said in his... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017.

Pope Francis to financial leaders: Ending poverty is our duty 

Pope Francis called on global financial leaders and economists to end economic inequality Wednesday, saying that modern resources make ending... Read more

Amid Argentina food crisis, Caritas aims to help

Amid a continuing economic crisis in Argentina, the Catholic relief agency Caritas is working to provide food for thousands of... Read more

View of the Villa 31 slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 01 May, 2014. Villa 31 is an illegally built neighborhood in the center of the city.

In Argentina, poverty rate highest in ten years

The latest report issued by the Argentina Observatory of Social Debt of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina showed that... Read more