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 Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014.

Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, Pope tells UN

Nov 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic... Read more

Women sell produce on the street in Vitebsk, Belarus, Oct. 27, 2014.

Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

Nov 19, 2014

In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people,... Read more

Soup kitchen. File photo/CNA.

Remember the 'least of these' in spending cuts, bishops tell Congress

Nov 18, 2014

By Matt Hadro

As the 113th Congress enters the “lame-duck” session before newly-elected members take office, the U.S. Bishops are urging that a... Read more

   Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Pope: Fighting for the poor doesn't make me Communist – it makes me Catholic

Oct 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of... Read more

Women in Rwanda tend a community garden with techniques taught by Catholic Relief Services.

Church serves women 'the rest of the world has left behind'

Sep 7, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families... Read more

Screenshot from Caritas Internationalis' video for its initiative to end world hunger.

Caritas launches powerful animated short to fight global hunger

Sep 3, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Global Catholic relief agency Caritas Internationalis has launched a new video aimed at promoting awareness about the need to help... Read more

New USCCB social development director aims to fight poverty

Jun 17, 2014

The U.S. bishops have named Mark Rohlena, head of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, to direct the Office of Domestic... Read more

Helen Alvare.

New evangelization must zero-in on poverty, lawyer says

Jun 12, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The call of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis to connect the issues of poverty and the new evangelization has come... Read more

Bishops pray together before the start of the first session of the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013.

Bishops embrace Pope Francis, Benedict in voting document

Jun 12, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The updated voting guide issued by the U.S. bishops will maintain Church teaching as explained by both Pope Francis and... Read more

Despite improvements, still 'a long way to go' for US homeless

Jun 5, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A new report on homelessness shows some improvements in the country's response to those who are without shelter, but also... Read more

Pope Francis.

Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

Apr 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that... Read more

Cardinals at the Feb. 23, 2014 Mass at St. Peter's Basilica.

Cardinals bring 'voice of poor' to Vatican

Feb 23, 2014

Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

Feb 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his message for the 29th WYD, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a rosary for a pilgrim in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Pope's Lenten message highlights poverty of Christ

Feb 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope reminds businesses of responsibility to help poor, vulnerable

Jan 28, 2014

Business leaders have an obligation to use their gifts to help the poor and vulnerable, working to promote equality and... Read more

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner.

Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Jan 14, 2014

Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the... Read more

A Navejo elder sits in her yard while water is delivered to her home in Smith Lake, NM.

Group aims to ease US water poverty with Advent campaign

Dec 5, 2013

A human rights organization is teaming up with a Catholic mission this Advent to help offer free, clean water to... Read more

Thanksgiving.

DC Catholics help bring Thanksgiving dinner to the hungry

Nov 28, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Catholics in the nation’s capital are opening their hearts – and kitchens – to the poor, hungry and homeless in... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York speaks during a press conference at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Cardinals: poverty, religious freedom are part of Church's social message

Nov 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Pope Francis’ message of concern for the poor is one that is echoed in the U.S., as part of a... Read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki.

Springfield diocese offering free legal aid to those in need

Oct 17, 2013

An Illinois diocese is launching a volunteer legal services program for the poor in need of legal counsel for civil... Read more