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How US Catholics will mark the World Day of the Poor

Nov 17, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

As the first World Day of the Poor approaches on Nov. 19, Catholics in the U.S. aim to amplify their... Read more

Pope Francis greets a participant in the World Day of the Poor in Rome, Nov. 16, 2017.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to the poor outside St Peter's Square

Nov 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Thursday made an unannounced visit to a small makeshift medical center in front of St. Peter's Square... Read more

More than just giving – World Day of the Poor highlights change of attitude

Nov 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the Church prepares to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis last... Read more

Caritas Venezuela warns that 280,000 children could die of malnutrition

Oct 31, 2017

Caritas Venezuela has warned that some 280,000 children could die of malnutrition due to food shortages amidst the country’s grave... Read more

For global 'peripheries,' poverty can lead to online exploitation

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said... Read more

Melanie Medina in Rome. Courtesy of Melanie Medina.

For homeless woman, Rome trip proves that 'good things can happen'

Sep 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

After a long struggle with alcoholism and homelessness, Melanie Medina has turned her life around. She said that a recent... Read more

Outside a homeless shelter.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man's journey to priesthood

Aug 25, 2017

Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21 2016.

Pope Francis: World hunger is a result of indifference and selfishness

Jul 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday Pope Francis said that while hunger and undernourishment around the world can be an unsettling thing to confront,... Read more

Pope's US representative reminds bishops to reach those on the margins

Jun 15, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis’ representative to the United States encouraged the nation’s bishops this week to promote solidarity and listen to those... Read more

Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on January 16, 2015.

For first World Day of the Poor, Francis encourages personal encounter

Jun 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies... Read more

White House, Washington, D.C.

Budget proposal draws concern for cuts to poverty programs

May 24, 2017

By Matt Hadro

President Donald Trump’s budget requests, although applauded for their pro-life measures, were largely met with concern from Catholic aid groups,... Read more

Military ship.

Here's why the US bishops are distressed about military spending

May 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting... Read more

Dawn at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Why this pro-life congressman opposed the failed health care bill

Apr 1, 2017

By Matt Hadro

When last week’s health care bill failed, it wasn’t just Democrats who fought it.  Read more

How assisted suicide discriminates against the poor and disabled

Feb 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

While physician-assisted suicide is promoted as empowering terminally-ill patients, it could result in the poor being coerced to take their... Read more

A look inside the little-known 'spoon trail' of Chile

Jan 4, 2017

Dawn breaks in the city of Santiago de Chile. Amid the hustle and bustle of the waking city, a narrow... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Epiphany Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2016

Why speak about the poor? Look to Christmas, Pope Francis says

Dec 17, 2016

There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.  Read more

It'll be tough, but this group says world hunger can end by 2030

Nov 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Some of the greatest challenges to ending hunger worldwide are “fragile states” threatened by instability, conflict, and climate change, a... Read more

What the poor suffer from most happens in developed countries

Nov 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

While rarely talked about, Neglected Tropical Diseases are the most widespread ailment among the world's poorest of the poor –... Read more

UK cardinal: There are more homeless people than you think

Nov 11, 2016

Those who are homeless, both those who live on the streets and those who move from place to place, need... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

The reality of poverty is challenging, but don't avoid it, Pope says

Oct 19, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that while donating money to charity might make us feel good, seeing real poverty in... Read more