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Pope Francis greets a participant in the World Day of the Poor in Rome, Nov. 16, 2017. L'Osservatore Romano.

No Christian is Exempt from Aiding the Poor: Pope Francis

Jun 14, 2022

The pope made the remark in his message for the 2022 World Day of the Poor.

Pope Francis offers Mass for the fifth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 14, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Be "tireless builders of hope" amid suffering: Pope Francis on World Day of the Poor

Nov 14, 2021

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of 2,000 people living in poverty and the volunteers who assist them.

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus message on Nov. 7, 2021. Vatican Media

"Free the sacred from its ties with money": Pope Francis in Sunday Reflection

Nov 7, 2021

In a reflection on the Gospel of the “widow’s mite,” Pope Francis spoke about hypocrisy and giving our all to God.

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

Oct 13, 2021

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

Aug 14, 2021

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

Aug 12, 2021

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

Jun 28, 2021

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”

Jun 26, 2021

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

Jun 14, 2021

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 

Apr 24, 2021

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

Mar 29, 2021

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

Mar 1, 2021

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”

Feb 16, 2021

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/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Jan 29, 2021

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

Dec 26, 2020

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

Nov 15, 2020

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

Jun 13, 2020

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

Apr 23, 2020

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

Apr 6, 2020

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 

Feb 5, 2020

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.