Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Cardinal Dew’s Mountain of Mercy Comments 1

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

In what Cardinal John Dew called “an act of mercy” dozens of new pairs of shoes, vouchers and socks were piled on Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral steps on Sunday. “We have asked people to ‘be an act of mercy’ and they have responded with great generosity for those who can’t afford to put shoes and Read more

100 warm and weatherproof coats for the homeless given to Auckland Diocese Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

One hundred high quality coats, specially tailored to fit a wide range of sizes, have been gifted to the Diocese of Auckland for distribution to the city’s homeless. The gift comes from one of the oldest institutions of Western & Christian civilisation, the Sovereign Order of Malta, through its Sydney members. The above picture shows Read more

UN hunger and poverty data — reliable? Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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

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

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

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