Latest stories: Poverty

Epiphany became the main caregiver for her two youngers sisters at the age of 13. Credit: Trocaire

International Catholic Entity in Rwanda Recounts Success Story in Fight against Poverty

The experience of Epiphany, the 18-year-old Rwandese girl who was forced to drop out of school five years ago and has turned around her life has been recounted as a success story in the fight against poverty in the Great Rift Valley country. 

The Official Logo Caritas Internationalis. Credit: Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis Wants African Nations Supported amid Challenging Climate Condition

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is appealing to developed countries to support “developing countries” including those in Africa in their respective fight against “challenging climate conditions.”

Some children at a solar-powered well sponsored by Water 4 Mercy. Credit: Water 4 Mercy

How Catholic Entity is Seeking to Provide Permanent Solutions to End Poverty in Africa

The leadership of Water 4 Mercy, a religious Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), is working towards ending the cycle of poverty in Africa by offering clean water and agricultural technologies.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeris's Abuja Archdiocese/ Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Help heal trauma of poverty, psychological stress of insecurity”: Nigerian Archbishop

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called upon authorities in the West African nation to help heal the trauma resulting from poverty and the psychological stress the people are facing as a result of insecurity.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Catholic Bishops in Togo Call for Hope amid Citizens’ Difficulty “to meet basic needs”

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, encouraged the faithful in the West African nation to “remain hopeful” amid suffering characterized with difficulty, on the part of ordinary citizens, “to meet their basic needs.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Insecurity, Poverty, Corruption in Nigeria Forcing Youth Out of Country: Archbishop 

Young people in Nigeria are leaving the West African nation in large numbers in search for “ greener pastures ” elsewhere, a situation th e Archbishop of the country ’s Abuja Archdiocese blames on insecurity, poverty , and high levels of corruption by those in leadership positions .

Fr. Giovanni Corselli of the Salesians of Don Bosco working in Madagascar / Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesians in Madagascar Battling Poverty, Illiteracy, Witchcraft in Evangelization Mission

Poverty, a retrogressive culture that does not support education as well as lack of exposure to the outside world are some of the factors that stand in the way of evangelization for members of the members of the Religious Institution of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who are ministering in Ankililoaka, a region covered by the Catholic Diocese of Moramanga, Southwest of Madagascar.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese / Courtesy Photo

“Poverty menacingly threatening our rights, values, entire existence”: Nigerian Archbishop

A Nigerian Archbishop has, in a homily, decried the high levels of poverty among the people of God in the West African nation, likening its impact to that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama during Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of Abuja Archdiocese 14 February 2021 / Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama/Facebook Page

Nigerian Archbishop Condemns Social Discrimination, Says Poverty Has Become a “disease”

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called for the bridging of social gaps in the West African country that he says has been riddled with discrimination, with poverty being labelled a “social disease.”

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on April 17, 2013. / Mazur/

Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Pope Francis encouraged Catholic organizations on Friday to continue to fight against “unacceptable poverty.”

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

“That manger, poor in everything yet rich in love”: Pope Francis on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said that the poverty of Christ’s birth in a stable contains an important lesson for today.

Pope Francis prays during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the fourth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

"The Gospel cannot be understood without the poor”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass marking World Day of the Poor Sunday.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Catholics Cannot Ignore the Poverty Caused by the Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta April 23, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays for Families Going Hungry amid Pandemic

Pope Francis asked people to pray on Thursday for families who are struggling to put food on the table during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 2, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

God Will Judge Us by how We Treated the Poor, says Pope Francis

Many people suffering from poverty are victims of the “structural injustice” of today’s global economy, Pope Francis said in his daily Mass homily on Monday.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to Financial leaders: Ending poverty is our duty 

Pope Francis called on global financial leaders and economists to end economic inequality Wednesday, saying that modern resources make ending global poverty possible - and a responsibility.

Pope Francis at the Caritas Citadel of Charity in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Visits a Local Charity in Rome with a Message of Solidarity

In a visit to Rome’s Caritas center Friday, Pope Francis emphasized the shared experience of vulnerability among Christ and the poor.

Mass for the World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Poor, Unborn, and Elderly are Neglected in the Frenzy of Modern Life

On the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the poor and most vulnerable can be left behind in the frenetic haste and self-centeredness of the modern world.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Inclusive Capitalism Leaves No One Behind

Pope Francis Monday called for the renewal and purification of economic models to be fair, trustworthy, and capable of extending opportunities to all, not only a few.