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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


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

Machu Picchu, Peru.

Health and development non-profit expands work to Peru

Oct 16, 2013

An Arizona-based international development organization has announced its expansion into Peru to help impoverished rural families who live near the... Read more

Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders joined pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Sunday Angelus June 16, 2013.

Pope to auction Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit homeless

Oct 16, 2013

Pope Francis has donated his Harley Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen... Read more


Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

Sep 10, 2013

An Italian pastor has donated a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles to Pope Francis, in response to the exhortation... Read more

Cardinal Prosper Grech at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Sept. 3, 2013.

New encyclical to clarify poverty vows, cardinal says

Sep 5, 2013

By Alan Holdren

A new encyclical that is being written by Pope Francis will help address how to live out a vow of... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Pope donates 100,000 euros to poor dioceses in Argentina

Aug 15, 2013

Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Argentina encouraging them to “unceasingly” reach out to help those in... Read more

Steubenville conference teens package meals for the hungry in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Aug 1, 2013

Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more... Read more

In tough times, Catholics of Detroit provide 'voice of hope'

Aug 1, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

In the wake of Detroit’s decision to file for bankruptcy, Catholics in the city are using a variety of venues... Read more


Chilean archbishop donates inheritance to help college students

Jul 8, 2013

The archbishop of Concepcion, Chile, has donated a $50,000 inheritance to a Catholic university in the city to establish a... Read more


US bishops' group approves $9 million in anti-poverty funds

Jun 18, 2013

The domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved more than $9 million in grants to... Read more


International bishops urge G8 leaders to remember the poor

Jun 4, 2013

Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of... Read more

Helen Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University.

Law professor says Christian sexual ethics will help poor

May 10, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare challenged Catholics to courageously witness to the truth of the Church’s sexual teaching,... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful from the loggia of St. John Lateran Basilica on April 7, 2013.

Poverty linked to respect for life in Pope's book

Apr 29, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

In his newly translated book, Pope Francis proposes a Christ-centered understanding of human dignity that yields a comprehensive respect for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for his installation on March 19, 2013.

Pope thanks foundation for fighting material, spiritual poverty

Apr 11, 2013

Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and... Read more

A boy stands beside a CRS vehicle in the village of Katooke in western Uganda. Photo by CRS staff.

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Feb 21, 2013

If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may... Read more

The debate was hosted by the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought on Jan. 28, 2012.

Catholic thinkers debate government's role in helping poor

Jan 31, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

In a recent debate, two Catholic commentators disagreed over how large a role government should play in exercising society's responsibility... Read more

Markets Watch Developments In Fiscal Cliff Negotiations.

Needs of the poor emphasized as fiscal cliff looms

Dec 29, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

With just days left in 2012, advocates for the poor are asking elected officials to avert the fiscal cliff and... Read more