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POPE: NO WORSE POVERTY THAN PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM EARNING A LIVING

POPE: NO WORSE POVERTY THAN PREVENTING PEOPLE FROM EARNING A LIVING

Vatican City, 25 May 2013 (VIS) – Members of the “Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontefice” Foundation, which was established 20 years ago by Blessed John Paul II, were received this afternoon by Pope Francis during their annual international conference. This year’s theme is “Rethinking Solidarity for Work: Challenges of the 21st Century”.

In his address to them, the Bishop of Rome noted that the foundation bears the same name as an encyclical published by John Paul II on the centenary anniversary of “Rerum Novarum” and has, therefore, the Church’s social doctrine as the scope of its analysis and action. “Rethinking solidarity,” he said, “doesn’t mean questioning the recent Magisterium that, in fact, demonstrates ever more its vision and its relevance. Rather, ‘rethinking’ seems to me to mean two things: first of all combining the Magisterium with socio-economic development that, being constant and quick, always presents new aspects and second, ‘rethinking’ means going more in depth, reflecting further, to make all of a value’s worth emerge—solidarity in this case—which draws upon the Gospel profoundly, that is, upon Jesus Christ and thus contains inexhaustible potential.” Read more

Church in UK: Archbishop leads call to tackle poverty on the doorstep

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Church in UK: Archbishop leads call to tackle poverty on the doorstep

 

 

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appealed to us to be a Church for the poor and the Catholic Church in England and Wales is answering that call by organizing a seminal conference to tackle rising levels of domestic poverty. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark spoke to Susy Hodges about why this initiative is so important.

Listen to the extended interview with Archbishop Smith:

In the aftermath of the economic crisis, Archbishop Smith says there is clear evidence that the poverty crisis is worsening and how more and more people in the United Kingdom “are finding it difficult to feed their families.” Read more

A Pope of the Poor

A Pope of the Poor

 

Washington does not quite know what to make of Pope Francis. Some ecclesial and political spinners are trying to fit him into their own agendas and biases. Before the conclave we heard contradictory hopes for a new pope: culture warrior or less focused on sexual matters, manager or evangelizer, enforcer or communicator. Instead we have a humble, hopeful and holy pastor. Like his namesake, Pope Francis is likely to make the powerful uneasy. As he declared: “Francis of Assisi—for me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation…. How I would like a church which is poor and for the poor!”

It would be hard to identify three priorities that draw less attention in Washington than poverty, peace and protecting creation. Official Washington is about helping the “middle class,” confronting global enemies and economic growth, not lifting up the poor, seeking peace or caring for the earth. On parts of the left, secular deities are sexual freedom and unrestrained choice. On the right, many worship at the altar of unlimited economic freedom and the unfettered market. Both ideological orthodoxies reflect overwhelming individualism and neither focuses on the common good or protecting the weak. Read more

USCCB Committee Chairs Urge Congress to Protect Poor And Vulnerable as Debate on Budget Continues

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USCCB Committee Chairs Urge Congress to Protect Poor And Vulnerable as Debate on Budget Continues

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON—The two bishops who lead the justice and peace efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress to address the moral and human dimensions of the federal budget and protect the poor, in light of the budget resolutions under current consideration.

“We support the goal of reducing future unsustainable deficits, but insist that this worthy goal be pursued in ways that protect poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace. Read more

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

By Adelaide Darling
A boy stands beside a CRS vehicle in the village of Katooke in western Uganda. Photo by CRS staff.

Washington D.C., Feb 21, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services.

Members of Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services, agreed with conclusions by several U.S. bishops that while “Congress has a responsibility to reduce federal deficits and improve our fiscal health,” it should “do so in ways that give moral priority to programs that help people living in poverty, both at home and abroad.” Read more