- Jul 31, 2021
According to Pope Francis, the fact that the poor are marginalized puts democracy in jeopardy.
In the northern part of Donna, Maria Hernandez lives with her five children in a yellow mobile home. One of its shattered windows is boarded up; an air conditioner, propped up by a wooden pole, hangs from another. Among the items sitting on the ground outside are a broken toilet, a toddler’s car seat, and a mop.
The Jesuits, the religious order to which Pope Francis belonged, are in the initial stages of preparing an order-wide discussion about their vow of poverty.
The Italian bishops in their winter assembly have emphasized the need for reconciliation as citizens navigate current political upheaval, the rollout of anti-COVID vaccines, and an economic crisis forcing more and more people into the growing class of the “new poor.”
The Italian Sant’Egidio community has issued an appeal for hotels and other buildings empty due to a lack of tourists amid the coronavirus pandemic to take in homeless who are at risk in the cold winter temperatures.
The charity serving more than 5 million people in the Milan archdiocese, Caritas Ambrosiana, says the pandemic is revealing for the first time the depths of economic insecurity in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, which generates 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.