Pope Francis recently called for a "legitimate redistribution" of wealth when meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying governments should work to end the "economy of exclusion" that plagues the poor and the middle class from rising up the economic ladder.
The pope made his comments while meeting with Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations agency heads meeting in Rome this week. He encouraged the United Nations to help the poor around the world by mobilizing a culture of generosity.
"I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors, that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level," Francis said. more >>
A number of Christian charity organizations have produced gift catalogs showing alternative gift-giving ideas as a unique way of celebrating Mother's Day. The alternative gifts, given in the name of a mother, help improve the lives of poverty-stricken children and families struggling to survive in developing countries.
"As we celebrate Mother's Day and thank God for the influence of our mothers and wives, please remember the millions of children and mothers who have never heard of Jesus, [the One] who will provide for them," exhorted Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, as reported by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Gospel for Asia is encouraging people to honor their mothers by supporting a Bridge of Hope child. The ministry's goal is to equip at least 2,000 children with education, meals, and the love of Christ by Mother's Day. more >>
Chicago is the most recent city to give the controversial "Jesus the Homeless" sculpture a permanent residence. Even though some Christians feel that the image of Jesus as a homeless person is offensive, the artist believes it's a clear representation of the Gospel message.
The life-size bronze sculpture depicts Jesus Christ as a homeless person sleeping on a park bench and was unveiled Monday at its newest location, which is in front of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Earlier this year, a woman in Davidson, N.C., called police fearing for the safety of her upscale community after believing that the statue was a vagrant sleeping outside St. Alban's Episcopal Church. more >>
WASHINGTON — A panel of experts on economics and theology who have recently come together to author a book on poverty believe that anti-poverty efforts need a biblical answer, but the Bible does not teach socialism.
Various experts brought together by the American Enterprise Institute presented their views on combatting poverty Tuesday afternoon at an event titled "For the least of these: A biblical answer to poverty."
The panel, which was cosponsored by the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, was comprised of some of the authors involved in a book of the same name released by WestBow Press last February. more >>
A Christian nurse from Detroit with over 41 years of experience in her profession shared about her life-changing spiritual journey while working in a number of impoverished countries in Asia.
Vicki Augustiniak shares in Really, God-Bangladesh? the physical struggles she went through while traveling and working in several Asian countries, including Bangladesh and the Philippines, as well as the difficulties she faced making sense of things when confronted with the harsh reality people lived in. But she also shares in her book stories of human ingenuity that inspired her the most.
The author and registered nurse says that profits from Really, God-Bangladesh?, published by InspiringVoices, will go toward building a hospital in the Chilmary district of Northern Bangladesh. more >>
WASHINGTON — A "Religious Left" movement will remain an essential component of the Progressive Movement in America, yet it will never be as important to liberalism as the Christian Right is to conservatism, a new Brookings Institution report by E. J. Dionne and William Galston argues.
While the Religious Left is a lot more ideologically diverse than the Christian Right, the report notes, (there is no agreement on abortion, for instance) the disparate strands of religious progressives can unite on the broad theme of "economic justice," or advocacy on behalf of the poor.
While much of the discussion regarding religion and politics over the last 30 years has been mostly about the Christian Right and conservatism, the report shows some demographic trends that suggest religious Democrats will become more significant while religious Republicans will diminish in the future. more >>