Poverty

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Catholic leaders say food stamp cuts will harm people, but not put them to work

Dec 6, 2019

By Mary Farrow

A new rule that will disqualify roughly 700,000 people from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food... Read more

Pope Francis at the Caritas Citadel of Charity in Rome.

Pope Francis visits a local charity in Rome with a message of solidarity

Nov 30, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In a visit to Rome’s Caritas center Friday, Pope Francis emphasized the shared experience of vulnerability among Christ and the... Read more

Mass for the World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis: The poor, unborn, and elderly are neglected in the frenzy of modern life

Nov 17, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis: Inclusive capitalism leaves no one behind

Nov 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Monday called for the renewal and purification of economic models to be fair, trustworthy, and capable of extending... Read more

St. Francis of Assisi.

Will the real St. Francis please stand up?

Oct 4, 2019

By Matt Hadro

St. Francis of Assisi is widely known for his life of poverty and love of creation. But there’s a lesser-known... Read more

Argentina flag.

Argentine bishops ask government to declare food emergency

Sep 6, 2019

Catholic bishops in Argentina are calling on the government to declare a food and nutrition emergency in response to heightened... Read more

Pregnant woman looking at ultrasound.

For pregnant women facing poverty, pro-life groups offer resources for success

Jul 14, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Poor women are the most likely population to obtain an abortion.  Read more

Pope Francis in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, August 2018.

Christians must sow hope among the poor, pope says

Jun 13, 2019

Pope Francis challenged Catholics to be a source of hope for those in poverty, especially in the face of divisions... Read more

President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Caritas head applauds Philippines new anti-poverty measure

May 29, 2019

A new law in the Philippines to support those living in poverty has won the praise of Caritas Manila, a... Read more

Pope Francis at the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome Feb. 14, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Inequality is disastrous for the future of humanity'

Feb 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis spoke out about inequality, the environment, sustainable development and the elimination of poverty during his visit to the... Read more

Fr. Ugo de Censi.

Priest who served thousands in Peruvian highlands dies at 94

Dec 5, 2018

The Salesian founder of Operation Mato Grosso, a ministry of service and job training for low-income people in South America,... Read more

Hollywood Eucharistic procession. Photo courtesy of Hollywood Beloved.

Eucharistic procession for Hollywood homeless draws hundreds

Dec 1, 2018

Hundreds of Catholics processed through Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in a special Eucharistic procession for the poor this month.  Read more

Pope Francis says Mass on the World Day of the Poor Nov. 18, 2018.

Invite Jesus into the storms of life, Pope Francis says

Nov 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

During a difficult time, it can be easy to see only the immediate problem; but asking Jesus to be the... Read more

Pope Francis visits temporary medical clinics for the poor in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 16, 2018.

Pope Francis visits the poor at mobile clinic in St Peter's Square

Nov 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visited Friday the temporary medical clinics serving Rome’s poor and homeless in St. Peter's Square this week.  Read more

Pope Francis at the November 7, 2018 general audience.

Pope says entrepreneurship needed in face of 'scandalous poverty'

Nov 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“If there is hunger on earth, it is not because food is missing!” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square... Read more

How diapers impact the bottom line, and how an NYC law can help

Oct 18, 2018

The New York City council passed a law Wednesday that will require many centers serving women and children in the... Read more

El Salvadoran boy.

Don’t cut vital services to immigrants with new DHS rule, bishops plead

Sep 25, 2018

Immigrants and their families will suffer great harm if long-standing policies are changed by the Department of Homeland Security to... Read more

Pregnant woman.

'Godmothers for Life' serve vulnerable moms in Uruguay

Mar 18, 2018

An Uruguayan non-profit organization called “Godmothers for Life” has been serving mothers in crisis pregnancies for more than 17 years,... Read more

Dumpster diving for the poor - How an Italian woman is feeding hungry families

Jan 2, 2018

After rummaging through supermarket dumpsters, 79-year-old Marta loads 90 pounds of edible food onto her bicycle every day. Three times... Read more

More than 100 couples get married in Paraguay cathedral

Nov 21, 2017

Over one hundred couples who had been living together but were not yet married celebrated their marriages in the Asuncion... Read more