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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


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