Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

UN hunger and poverty data — reliable? Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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The stink is unbearable, garbage is strewn everywhere and clean water is at a premium. But the old movie theater in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh is nevertheless home to Ngong Theavy, a young mother of three. And it is one she shares. Hundreds of people live in the old cinema building, which has Read more

Shrinking resources to meet soaring demand Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
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A new report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, NZCCSS, says there is a soaring demand being made on social service organisations. At the same time government support has shrunk, particularly in the form of food grants. Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey said social service organisations were under huge financial stress. But government funding Read more

More than 50 recently professed religious visit HART in Suva Comments 0

Friday, June 17th, 2016
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Last weekend a group of young men and women spent Saturday working with and talking with people in the Makoi Hart community in Suva. These young men and women are temporarily professed religious living and working in Fiji. Watch the video They come from a number of different congregations: Marist Sisters, Missionaries of the Sacred Read more

Prelate publicly scolds Argentine government over poverty Comments 1

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Argentina’s president and his allies have appeared to receive a public scolding from the Archbishop of Buenos Aires over prioritisation of the poor. President Mauricio Macri heard Archbishop Mario Poli speak at the traditional May Revolution Day service at the local cathedral. The Archbishop said “Attention should be prioritised toward children and the elderly, the Read more

Is stealing food criminal when you’re destitute? Comments 0

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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The highest court in Italy has ruled that a young homeless man, Roman Ostriakov, did not act unlawfully when he stole a sausage and a piece of cheese to feed himself. Instead, the court found that Ostriakov had acted out of immediate need and desperation, so his theft did not – and should not – Read more

Ontario artist’s Homeless Jesus installed at Vatican Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

It’s an unconventional rendering of Jesus that was rejected years ago by top officials with two major Catholic cathedrals, yet it now sits in one of the world’s holiest sites. Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz was thrilled to receive an email a few days ago telling him his bronze sculpture, Homeless Jesus, has been installed inside Read more

Future prosperity dependent on helping the poor now Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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With the future welfare and prosperity of our nation dependent on the effective education of our next generation, denying the reality of hardship or poverty in New Zealand is futile and self defeating. While official inflation is under control, housing costs have increased at twice the rate of wages and other incomes. With many families Read more

Francis critiques question about condoms in Africa Comments 0

Friday, December 4th, 2015
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Pope Francis has told a journalist asking about condom use to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa that the question posed is too small. The Pope answered the question during a session with reporters on his plane flying back from the Central African Republic on November 30. The journalist asked if the Church should Read more

Pies donated to St Vincent de Paul help feed hungry Auckland families Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A chance meeting with a small dog changed Peter Irving’s life. Two years ago, Sandringham resident Mark Ward was walking his dog, Taco, when they bumped into Irving. He and Ward struck a deal that would ultimately affect thousands of families in need across Auckland. Ward is a business development representative for Mrs Mac’s Pies. He Read more

Archbishop asks if free schemes are a good thing Comments 0

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, says people need to ask themselves, what are the free schemes such as bus fares and school fees doing to them. Chong said members of the community should see whether the assistance empowered them and made them independent. “We need to ask ourselves, what is the free scheme such Read more