Poverty - Latest News
Nov 17, 2017 - 12:00 pm .- As the first World Day of the Poor approaches on Nov. 19, Catholics in the U.S. aim to amplify their outreach and their prayers for those in poverty.
Nov 16, 2017 - 10:58 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday made an unannounced visit to a small makeshift medical center in front of St. Peter's Square where poor and homeless people are receiving free treatment ahead of this weekend's World Day for the Poor.
Nov 6, 2017 - 11:45 am .- As the Church prepares to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis last year, one Vatican official said the event will be an opportunity to grow in mercy and charity, shaping attitudes toward the poor and needy.
Oct 31, 2017 - 05:00 pm .- Caritas Venezuela has warned that some 280,000 children could die of malnutrition due to food shortages amidst the country’s grave economic crisis.
Oct 8, 2017 - 11:52 am .- While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said that the developing world faces the compounding problem of poverty.
Oct 4, 2017 - 10:16 am .- St. Francis of Assisi is widely known for his life of poverty and love of creation. But there’s a lesser-known side to the friar as well – a side that showed a deep reverence for the Eucharist and attentive care to the sacred vessels at Mass.       
Sep 26, 2017 - 12:24 am .- After a long struggle with alcoholism and homelessness, Melanie Medina has turned her life around. She said that a recent pilgrimage to Rome has proven that change is possible, and that “good things can happen.”
Aug 25, 2017 - 03:25 am .- Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol and drugs, with a future so bleak, he considered ending his own life.
Jul 4, 2017 - 09:42 am .- On Monday Pope Francis said that while hunger and undernourishment around the world can be an unsettling thing to confront, we must use this to remind us how these situations are caused – which is through indifference and selfishness.
Jun 15, 2017 - 01:07 pm .- Pope Francis’ representative to the United States encouraged the nation’s bishops this week to promote solidarity and listen to those on the margins of society.  
Jun 13, 2017 - 04:35 am .- In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies of the poor are where we encounter the body of Christ – and to know Christ we must know the poor.
May 24, 2017 - 05:11 pm .- President Donald Trump’s budget requests, although applauded for their pro-life measures, were largely met with concern from Catholic aid groups, particularly for their cuts to welfare programs and international aid.
May 23, 2017 - 03:13 am .- Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending.
Apr 1, 2017 - 11:57 am .- When last week’s health care bill failed, it wasn’t just Democrats who fought it.
Feb 28, 2017 - 02:01 pm .- While physician-assisted suicide is promoted as empowering terminally-ill patients, it could result in the poor being coerced to take their lives, experts warned at an event this week.
Jan 4, 2017 - 03:12 am .- Dawn breaks in the city of Santiago de Chile. Amid the hustle and bustle of the waking city, a narrow wooden door welcomes in the “dear brothers of the street,” as they are affectionately called.
Dec 17, 2016 - 08:53 pm .- There’s a Christmas reason to speak always about the poor and about mercy, Pope Francis told a benefit concert Saturday.
Nov 23, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Some of the greatest challenges to ending hunger worldwide are “fragile states” threatened by instability, conflict, and climate change, a new humanitarian report says.
Nov 16, 2016 - 12:05 am .- While rarely talked about, Neglected Tropical Diseases are the most widespread ailment among the world's poorest of the poor – yet also ironically the most prevalent in top global economies, experts say.
Nov 11, 2016 - 04:06 pm .- Those who are homeless, both those who live on the streets and those who move from place to place, need active charity from Christians, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said.

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