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Pope Francis meets with members of Lazare Association from France at the Vatican, Aug. 28, 2021.

Pope Francis tosses speech to listen to 200 formerly homeless people

Aug 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope asked those present: ‘What do you expect from the Church? Read more

Pope Francis to homeless advocates: Be witnesses of God’s mercy and goodness

May 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The pope congratulated the Lazarus Association on 10 years of serving the homeless. Read more

How the Catholic Church is helping London's new homeless

Jul 28, 2020

People made homeless as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will “need a lot of help” to get their lives... Read more

Catholic priest and doctor: Coronavirus crisis a ‘window of opportunity’ for the homeless

Jun 18, 2020

A Jesuit doctor serving the homeless in London has said that the coronavirus crisis has opened a “window of opportunity”... Read more

Catholic Charities in Louisiana appeals for aid after major spike in homelessness 

May 19, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in mid-March, thousands of Americans were either furloughed or... Read more

Adoration takes place outside St. Patrick’s, Soho, in London’s West End. Courtesy: St. Patrick’s, Soho

Pandemic brings ‘a very different kind of Church’ to London’s homeless

May 5, 2020

By Luke Coppen

A parish in London’s West End is offering the homeless adoration, access to Sacraments, and the rosary -- along with... Read more

Pandemic could take heaviest toll on homeless, says pope

Apr 27, 2020

The homeless “risk paying the heaviest price” amid the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis has said in a message to street... Read more

An elderly homeless man walks along the colonnade of St. Peter's Square, March 15, 2020, days after their closure to tourists.

During coronavirus, Rome's homeless find refuge near the Vatican

Mar 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Along the edge of Bernini’s colonnade, the semi-circular rows of columns which wrap St. Peter’s Square in Rome, many homeless... Read more

Potters in New York handcraft bowls for the Catholic Charities Empty Bowls Luncheon. Courtesy photo.

A bowl of soup, and a chance for compassion

Dec 27, 2019

By Perry West

For nearly 15 years, a Catholic charity in south-central New York has sold ceramic bowls to raise both money for... Read more

People line up for new coats Nov. 20 at a Denver coat giveaway organized by the Knights of Columbus.

Knights of Columbus give hundreds of new coats to Denver’s homeless before snowfall

Nov 20, 2019

By Mary Farrow

On a partly cloudy and relatively pleasant November morning in downtown Denver, volunteers with the Knights of Columbus set up... Read more

"Christians are Networking" volunteers. Courtesy photo.

How these Virginia Catholics are helping the homeless find work 

Sep 26, 2019

By Perry West

A Catholic group in Arlington, Virginia, is committed to helping homeless people, along with others down on their luck, by... Read more

Singapore Catholic churches use classrooms to help homeless

Jun 3, 2019

Two Catholic churches in Singapore have opened their doors offering housing to the country’s homeless.  Read more

Catholic Charities unveils plan to fight chronic homelessness in Southern Nevada

Feb 17, 2019

By Perry West

As part of a new nationwide program, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada is hoping to reduce chronic homelessness in the... Read more

This London Catholic school uses its garden to feed homeless

Dec 20, 2018

A Catholic school in London has turned its horticulture lessons into meals for the homeless.  Read more

For homeless students in New York City, challenges abound

Dec 13, 2018

By Perry West

As rent prices increase in New York City, so does its homeless population, affecting not only adults throughout the city... Read more

Hollywood Eucharistic procession. Photo courtesy of Hollywood Beloved.

Eucharistic procession for Hollywood homeless draws hundreds

Dec 1, 2018

Hundreds of Catholics processed through Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in a special Eucharistic procession for the poor this month.  Read more

In wealthy San Francisco, treatment of homeless draws UN condemnation

Nov 6, 2018

As San Francisco prepares to consider a ballot measure to boost taxes for services to aid the homeless, a U.N.... Read more

Elena Donaire (R) prepares food for the homeless in Santiago.

This 87-year-old woman feeds the homeless in Chile every week  

Sep 17, 2018

Every Wednesday night, 87-year-old Elena Donaire goes out onto the streets of Santiago, Chile, to meet the homeless and attend... Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

How one priest is bringing Jesus to the most dangerous city in the US

Aug 2, 2018

With the highest per-capita homicide rate in the nation, Baltimore has been called the most dangerous city in America -... Read more

This man spent a week on the street with his homeless son

Jun 11, 2018

By Perry West

As the parents of a homeless son struggling with a drug addiction, Frank and his wife Deloris have done everything... Read more