With so much suffering, poverty and exploitation in the world, missionary work must also include reaching out to people whose hearts are closed to receiving immigrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Myanmar.
Hurricane-related deaths in Puerto Rico have been attributed to drowning and illness, but many Puerto Ricans, including local media professionals, see a link between such deaths and poverty.
The World Day of the Poor — to be marked each year on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time — will be celebrated Nov. 19 this year and will focus on the Apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.” The pope is asking local churches to dedicate the week preceding the World Day of the Poor to creative initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “the education of the conscience is a lifelong task.” What does it mean to pray for “conscience”? Isn’t a conscience simply what all of us have, that is, a working conscience that somehow lets us know what is right and what is wrong?
Poverty is a problem facing more than 13.5 percent of all people nationwide. Jon Ruis, president and CEO of United Way of Central Minnesota, shared statistics about the thousands of people in Central Minnesota living in poverty.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While 3.5 million fewer Americans were living in poverty and the median household income grew 5.2 percent in 2015, advocates maintain that there’s much more work ahead to help the country’s 43.1 million poor in their struggles to obtain affordable housing, feed their families and find well-paying jobs. “The (poverty) statistics went […]
On the occasion of the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope Francis has decided to offer a pizza lunch to 1,500 poor and needy people cared for by the Missionaries of Charity throughout Italy.
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (CNS) — Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald J. Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like. The bishop, who lives in an apartment in central Saskatoon, said the brief […]
By Maria Wiering / For The Visitor The establishment of a surrogacy commission, passage of drug sentencing reform legislation and withdrawal of a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide are among the victories the Minnesota Catholic Conference is celebrating following the end of the Minnesota State Legislature’s 11-week session May 23. “A lot of good things […]
PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — When Gov. Kate Brown signed Oregon’s new minimum wage into law March 2, Oregon became the first state in the country to put in place a tiered system that makes the minimum wage different for rural vs. urban areas. The new law also gives Oregon the highest minimum wage in the […]