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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

Argentina homeless shelter named after bishop who loved the poor

Apr 25, 2018

A men’s homeless shelter in Zeballos, Argentina has been named after a local bishop known for his attention to the... Read more

Outside a homeless shelter.

In feeding the hungry of Chile, beloved friar's legacy lives on

Mar 21, 2018

Although he died in 1853, the legacy of Friar Andrés Garcia Acosta is as alive as ever in Santiago, Chile,... Read more

Mom and baby.

Pregnant women find family at California shelter

Jan 10, 2018

By Perry West

Raised by an alcoholic mother and without her birth father, Cordiella James found out she was pregnant while she was... Read more

Fleet of food trucks serves up respect for Austin's homeless

Dec 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Austin, Texas, like any hipster city worth its organic, non-GMO salt, is known for its food trucks.  Read more

Homeless man.

Catholics encounter the homeless on the streets of Hollywood

Nov 22, 2017

By Perry West

A Eucharistic procession is not the first thing people expect to see on the streets of Hollywood, California.    Read more

How Los Angeles Catholics help the homeless

Oct 19, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

With growing numbers of people suffering homelessness in the expensive megalopolis of Los Angeles, Catholics and people of other religions... Read more

Melanie Medina in Rome. Courtesy of Melanie Medina.

For homeless woman, Rome trip proves that 'good things can happen'

Sep 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

After a long struggle with alcoholism and homelessness, Melanie Medina has turned her life around. She said that a recent... Read more

Denver event hopes to change how society views homeless people

Sep 22, 2017

When volunteers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development counted the number of homeless people in Colorado one... Read more

In Denver, new women's shelter cares for hidden side of homelessness

Aug 30, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Cindy Brown spent 12 years in the U.S. Army. Approaching late middle age, she found herself in a crisis.  Read more

Outside a homeless shelter.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man's journey to priesthood

Aug 25, 2017

Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol... Read more

Increasing homelessness a worrisome trend for Archbishop Gomez

Jun 7, 2017

The Archbishop of Los Angeles has urged a prayerful and prudent response to a housing crisis in his city, relating... Read more

Cots set up for the homeless in the Roman parish of San Callisto, January 2017.

Dinner and a warm place to sleep: How Rome is reaching out to the homeless

Jan 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without... Read more

What do you say to a homeless person? Advice from Catholic urban missionaries

Dec 30, 2016

It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please... Read more

The Jubilee Mass for the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 13, 2016.

Homeless persons find a spiritual father in Pope Francis

Nov 14, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Always close to his heart, around 3,600 homeless men and women were given the chance to be also physically near... Read more

UK cardinal: There are more homeless people than you think

Nov 11, 2016

Those who are homeless, both those who live on the streets and those who move from place to place, need... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants in the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Nov. 11, 2016.

Pope tells homeless greater solidarity is found in poverty than wealth

Nov 11, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

After hearing testimonies from two homeless men Friday, Pope Francis spoke off-the-cuff about the dignity and solidarity that can be... Read more

The 2015 Concert for the Poor at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, May 14, 2015.

Rome's poor to be guests of honor at Vatican concert

Oct 26, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican will host a concert for the poor and homeless of Rome next month, not only using the concert... Read more