Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

After a poverty of debate, political parties commit to dealing with child poverty Comments 2

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Both Labour and National are now politically committed to major reductions in child poverty rates. Moreover, their ambitions are bold and explicit. National is promising to reduce child poverty by two-thirds – at least on one specific income-based measure – by the end of the next parliament. Labour has committed to ending child poverty and Read more

Latter-day Saints donate food to Catholic charity in Tahiti Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has given a donation of food to the Catholic Church in Tahiti. The food will be distributed to individuals and families who are going through difficult times. Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Read more

Cans for Christmas on a roll Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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Cans for Christmas is a project that collects canned food through Catholic Schools and donates them to the St Vincent de Paul Society. Christ the King Primary School Owairaka assistant principal and Year 5 and 6 teacher Billy Hadnett came up with the idea for the initiative, which began in 2015. Hadnett established Cans for Read more

Christians are more than twice as likely to blame a person’s poverty on lack of effort Comments 0

Monday, August 7th, 2017
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Which is generally more often to blame if a person is poor: lack of effort on their own part or difficult circumstances beyond their control? The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation asked 1,686 American adults to answer that question — and found that religion is a significant predictor of how Americans perceive poverty. Read more

I am not a religious person but thank God for the Pope – Helen Clark Comments 0

Monday, August 7th, 2017
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A former New Zealand Prime Minister who was until recently administrator of the United Nations Development Programme believes the role of religion and faith organisations in developing and securing peace is “absolutely critical”. The Rt Hon Helen Clark ONZ PC said this in response to a question put to her by former Labour party cabinet Read more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Pope … again Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis met privately for the fourth time on Saturday. The Holy See Press Office called their discussions “cordial” and said they spoke about “the good relations and fruitful collaboration between the Holy See and Germany”. They also discussed climate change and ways the world can work multilaterally to combat Read more

Slave trade and migrants fleeing poverty Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Six months after Muhammed Yusuf had been sold, tortured and forced to watch as a friend died, he found himself back at the parched, dusty bus station where his ordeal began, facing the man who had made him a slave. Unembarrassed and unrepentant, the smuggler was still touting for business among the crowds flooding into Read more

Living in a tent is a step up for some Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Last week, in Sydney, a tent for rent was posted in a Facebook group Inner West Housemates a forum for anyone searching for a place to live in Sydney’s inner western suburbs. The tent, available for $130 a week, “Includes all bills and $100/week of communal food that you can add to at your leisure.” Read more

Money for giant Statue of Jesus better spent on the poor Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017
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A Catholic bishop in Indonesia’s Papua province has criticised a plan by local authorities in Jayapura to build “the world’s tallest statue of Jesus”. The bishop called the move a waste of much-needed money. The statue, which would be built at the top of Puncak Gunung Swajah in the city of Jayapura, would cost somewhere Read more

Vatican tells UN: poverty is not caused by the population bomb Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

ROME – Talk of an “impending population bomb,” the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said on Wednesday, has led to sometimes “draconian” policies, which ignore the complex nature of population growth. Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, speaking to the UN’s Commission on Population and Development, said “differing regional and even country specific situations” need to Read more