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Shyla Montoya with Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Tanya Cangelosi.

From homeless to meeting the Pope – a story of inspiration

Sep 27, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Tanya Cangelosi never imagined that she would one day be bringing homeless people on pilgrimages to Rome. And Shyla Montoya... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 16, 2015.

Pope offers pizza lunch to 1,500 poor after Mother Teresa canonization

Sep 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

On the occasion of the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope Francis has decided to offer a pizza lunch... Read more

It's World Humanitarian Day. Here's 5 things you should know.

Aug 19, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Friday, August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008. The day “honors... Read more

A man talks to police in riot gear as they wait in an alley after a second night of clashes between protestors and police August 15, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Racism, poverty, education – a closer look at the tensions in Milwaukee

Aug 17, 2016

After riots last weekend in Milwaukee brought long-standing social tensions to the surface, Catholic leaders are calling for prayer first... Read more

Pope Francis meets with 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the diocese of Lyon in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,”... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the WFP Rome headquarters, June, 13, 2016.

Don't become immune to poverty, Pope tells UN's food agency

Jun 13, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In a world where information is brought instantly to our fingertips, society is becoming increasingly anesthetized to the suffering brought... Read more

Paul Ryan.

What Catholic leaders are saying about Paul Ryan's poverty plan

Jun 11, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced a task force on poverty this, Catholic leaders and economists weighed in, saying... Read more

Courtroom.

How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation

May 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

It's not a social justice issue that tops most Catholic's priorities, but it needs to be, legal experts are saying.... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

A pilgrimage for the poor to close out the Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

May 3, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity... Read more

A look at how businesses can help the poor

Mar 21, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Businesses can care for both the poor and the created world by making decisions that focus on the human person... Read more

Poverty, environment, economy – it's all about the human person, Holy See tells UN

Oct 11, 2015

Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the... Read more

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Oct 8, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight... Read more

Over 45 million live in poverty as Pope Francis comes to visit

Sep 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Carolyn Smith of Dayton, Ohio was living without food or working utilities and in “in an utter, total state of... Read more

Curator Francesca Mezzano of Project 999, a street art project in Rome, Italy on April 10, 2015.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015

By Elise Harris, Jan Bentz

Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 29, 2014.

'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Mar 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for... Read more

Ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Mar 24, 2015

By Elise Harris

In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on June 18, 2014.

Rome's poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Mar 23, 2015

Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.  Read more

Homeless Jesus.

Would you recognize 'Homeless Jesus' on a park bench in DC?

Mar 4, 2015

By Matt Hadro

A statue of “Homeless Jesus” now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization’s president hoping... Read more

Homeless.

Go forth! Ministry leaders instructed to encounter God in the poor

Feb 11, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference exhorted a group of Catholic leaders to go forth in ministry to serve... Read more

Pilgrims wait in the rain in St. Peter's Square March 13, 2013 to see what color smoke will come out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

Pope gives 300 umbrellas to Rome's homeless amid downpour

Feb 5, 2015

After several days of rain and dreary weather that has not yet cleared, the Vatican’s papal almoner has distributed 300... Read more