- Dec 14, 2019
In an annual message for the World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on Jan. 1, the pope implied that violence toward humanity and violence toward the planet go hand in hand.
Catholic advocates for poor people decried a new federal rule that tightens work requirements which determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is expected to force hundreds of thousands to lose food stamps.
At 51, Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar is the youngest prelate of El Salvador, and one notably influenced by his country’s Catholic martyrs.
For the third consecutive year, states in the Gulf South of the U.S. ranked near the bottom of a 2018 “social justice” index that measures poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion, according to the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.
“The arms race wastes precious resources that could be better used to benefit the integral development of peoples and to protect the natural environment,” Pope Francis said Sunday.
What has been dubbed by many as America’s paradise is not just home to plutocrats, but there’s a surprising degree of poverty and, as ever, the Catholic Church long has been on the front lines of responding to it.