Papal envoy opens eucharistic congress by declaring war on poverty

CEBU, Philippines (CNS) — The 51st International Eucharistic Congress kicked off with Pope Francis’ representative, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, declaring war on poverty. “The Eucharist calls for … a third world war against poverty,” said Cardinal Bo, “a third world war against the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous, organic food, while…

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…