- Nov 26, 2020
Several charitable organizations have banded together to send Pope Francis two tons of pasta to distribute to the needy as the poverty rate in Italy continues to climb, particularly among the so-called “new poor,” due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Catholic charities in England and Wales are calling on the government to keep a £20 ($26) a week welfare benefit which is due to expire next March.
Over 500 meals were served by a Catholic children’s home in Mumbai to mark the World Day of the Poor.
In Spain, the situation of low income people has been worse than in much of Europe during the COVID-19 crisis due to the big role of hard-hit industries like tourism and weaker social welfare benefits.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined other faith leaders in the United Kingdom to call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to establish a commission “with the mandate and resources to tackle child poverty in England.”
Bishop William Nolan of Galloway has joined with other Scottish faith leaders to call on the UK and Scottish governments to increase public assistance to the needy as poverty rates rise during the COVID-19 pandemic.