January is Poverty Awareness Month

Poverty Awareness Month
"In our own day, whole peoples suffer hunger and thirst, and we are haunted by pictures of children with nothing to eat. Throngs of people continue to migrate from one country to another in search of food, work, shelter and peace. Disease in its various forms is a constant cause of suffering that cries out for assistance, comfort and support. Prisons are often places where confinement is accompanied by serious hardships due to inhumane living conditions. Illiteracy remains widespread, preventing children from developing their potential and exposing them to new forms of slavery. The culture of extreme individualism, especially in the West, has led to a loss of a sense of solidarity with and responsibility for others. Today many people have no experience of God himself, and this represents the greatest poverty and the major obstacle to recognizing the inviolable dignity of human life . . . . Mercy impels us to roll up our sleeves and set about restoring dignity to millions of people; they are our brothers and sisters who, with us, are called to build a 'city which is reliable'." - Pope Francis' closing letter for the Jubilee of Mercy

Throughout the month of January, which is Poverty Awareness Month, the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic community in the United States are invited to take up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor. In addition to this calendar of activities and reflections, longer daily reflections are also available.  These resources are also en Español.

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