Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

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

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

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

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

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

10% of NZers own 53% of the wealth Comments 0

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Blessed are the rich millennials for they shall inherit the earth – that’s if researcher Max Rashbrooke’s new book is ­anything to go by. In a project with Statistics New Zealand, the data, which looked at people’s wealth between 2004 and 2010, has yielded grim ­results, says Rashbrooke. The wealthiest 1 per cent of the Read more

Half the world’s wealth owned by 1% of its population Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

While wages stagnate, stock prices rise and the rich get richer. If you’re lucky enough to be a member of the global 1%, last year was another good year to be alive (every year is pretty great, though). Your wealth bracket increased its share of global riches so that it holds just over half of Read more

Sister Anna changing people’s attitude to the environment Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Sister Anna Wiwiek Soepraptiwi, a Daughter of Charity who lives in Nausori, has educated many women on how to prevent harming the environment by recycling rubbish and then selling the product. “It is a lot of detailed work, but with perseverance and patience, anyone can create a nice artwork from the recycled plastics,” Anna says. Read more