Speakers describe local and global ways of fighting hunger, poverty

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Caritas Internationalis is going big-picture with its first global campaign, aiming to end hunger worldwide by 2025. In North St. Louis, Sylvester Brown Jr. starts quite literally from the ground up, tackling the problems of poverty in poor neighborhoods, teaching kids to grow sweet potatoes on vacant plots of land. Martina Liebsch,…

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit is “an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money” as its priority instead, he said Jan. 21. The pope dedicated his general audience talk…

Only way to end poverty is to address its root causes, says speaker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Poverty is more than the lack of money, and until we understand its root causes, it cannot be eradicated. That was one of the messages heard by more than 500 representatives from Catholic Charities agencies from across the U.S. who gathered Oct. 4-7 for their annual meeting in Charlotte. In her…

Eradicating extreme poverty chief concern for Vatican, says U.N. nuncio

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Significant progress has been made to reduce global poverty, child mortality and maternal deaths in keeping with the U.N.-coordinated Millennium Development Goals but “more remains to be done,” said the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations. “It can only be done if we all work together,” added Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the…

‘Place the poor’ ahead of everything, Catholic Charities workers told

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Poverty, in particular understanding its root causes and finding innovative ways to reduce it, was the focus of Catholic Charities USA’s annual national gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte. Discussions had extra urgency given the stagnating number of Americans living at or below the poverty line. “This is our opportunity to come…

Despite 50 years of ‘War on Poverty,’ prosperity for many seems elusive

WASHINGTON (CNS) — According to the Census Bureau’s new statistics, released Sept. 16, poverty in the United States is down, but only slightly. The actual number of people living in poverty in 2013 is unchanged at 45.3 million, but because of continued population growth in the United States, the percentage of Americans living in poverty…

It’s time to ask tough questions about the income gap

Before we need another War on Poverty to save the middle-class in the United States, we need a War on Greed Jan. 17, 2014, edition By Bob Zyskowski Discussions about raising the mininum wage once again are heating up both in Minnesota and at the federal level. The proposals appear every few years and sometimes…