poverty

Poverty requires action, not empty words, pope says

Homeless Filipinos rested in late April on a street in Manila. The World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.”

VATICAN CITY — People shouldn't sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

"God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded," the pope stated in a message for the first World Day of the Poor.

Song, artwork get to heart of anti-poverty effort

Left: “It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile,” artwork from Cor Jesu Academy’s Emma Mohrmann
Right: Sheet music for Kelly Beekman’s song, “One of Millions”

Two students from the archdiocese used their artistic talent for a good cause in entering the 2016-17 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Multimedia Youth Contest.

Mission accomplished.

Cor Jesu sophomore Kelly Beekman won the grand prize for her song, "One of Millions." Fellow Cor Jesu sophomore Emma Mohrmann won third place in the grades 10-12 division for her artwork, "It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile." They were among the five national award winners in the contest.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We, the lowly, cry out to God from our poverty

The responsorial psalm ties together the good news of all three readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which tell that the Lord is deeply moved by the prayers of the lowly.

In the first reading, Sirach says God shows no favorites "but He hears the cry of the oppressed....The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God transforms inner poverty into beautiful virtues

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate the power that gratitude and thanksgiving have in our lives.

In the first reading, a Gentile, Naaman the leper, comes to Elisha, the Lord's prophet, for healing. Naaman was a man of considerable means and had servants at his disposal. Leprosy was a profound embarrassment for him. Even more embarrassing, Elisha refused to come out to meet Naaman, to lay hands on him and pray with him.

Editorial | True banking options are needed for people of lesser means

The merits of payday loans — predatory lending as some would call it — has been debated for more than a decade as the storefront instant-lending sites have mushroomed.

The issue touches us because Catholic social teaching calls people of faith to care for the most vulnerable in society.

POPE’S MESSAGE | To ignore the poor is to despise God

Pope Francis greeted a child at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 18. The pope used the parable of the rich man and Lazarus as a reminder of the “harsh reproach” that will come at the final judgment for those who ignore the needs of the poor.

VATICAN CITY — How Christians treat the poor is the clearest demonstration of their relationship with God, Pope Francis insisted.

"To ignore the poor is to despise God! And we must learn this well: To ignore the poor is to despise God!" the pope said May 18 at his weekly general audience.

The pope focused on the Gospel parable of the rich man and Lazarus and said the story is a reminder of the "harsh reproach" that will come at the final judgment for those who ignore the needs of the poor.

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