In Europe, after months of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries are slowly getting back on their feet. But they are also facing a very different economic outlook, with nations bracing themselves for the biggest downturn in decades.
As Maltese society hopefully approaches the end of the partial lockdown, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta would like to reflect on the importance of open spaces available to all.
On the occasion of the International Day of Families, Caritas Europa calls on the EU to prioritise the creation of the Child Guarantee and to back it with sufficient funds.
The Catholic relief and development network Caritas Internationalis has warned that the number of starving people in the world could double as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and could reach as high as 230 million.
Caritas Europa believes that minimum income schemes are indispensable to achieve poverty eradication in Europe.
In a major new document, the Orthodox Church has condemned Christian nationalism, teaching that in that term “there could be no greater contradiction of the Gospel”.
“This is the opportunity for conversion, the time to move from misusing nature, the moment to see the poor”, Pope Francis has said on the COVID-19 crisis in a major new interview.
The Pope returned to direct his thoughts to the incarcerated and to the serious problem of overcrowding in penitentiary institutions
In his prayer intention for Friday, during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis remembered those who are already focusing on the issues that will arise after the COVID-19 pandemic, including poverty, unemployment, and hunger.
Catholic groups including CIDSE – an umbrella organisation of Church development agencies in Europe and North America – have joined an open letter calling on governments to commit to a “healthier and more equitable future” after COVID-19.
Vatican cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and President of Church charity Caritas Internationalis, has said on the COVID-19 crisis that we should wash our hands, but not of our responsibility for vulnerable people.
In times of COVID-19, Maltese Catholic groups have urged the authorities to take further concrete measures to ensure that people living in poverty are not left without the basic necessities for a dignified life.
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The cardinal known as ‘the Pope’s Robin Hood’ is defying a decree closing Rome churches due to the coronavirus pandemic, opening his own titular one for prayer and explaining: “Home should always be open to its children”.
“We pray for those who govern, who must make decisions regarding the measures” to be taken to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus. May they “feel accompanied by the prayer of the people”, Pope Francis said at the beginning of the sacred liturgy he celebrated on Thursday at Casa Santa Marta.
“One of the biggest challenges” in Portugal today “is housing: rising rent and house prices”, Catholic relief, development and social service organisation Caritas has warned.
Catholic Church relief, development and social service organisation Caritas Portugal presented a study in which it expressed great concern about the obstacles that prevent the weakest sectors in society from accessing basic services such as education, medical care, employment and housing.
With the ongoing Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union coming to an end this year, the EU Council is under increasing pressure to finalise the budget negotiations.
A Portuguese bishop has warned of a “very serious” housing problem in the country as the Church accompanied the demolition of an ‘illegal’ settlement, Quinta da Parvoíce, in the Lisbon metropolitan city of Setúbal.
On the occasion of World Social Justice Day, Catholic Church charity Caritas Europa presented its new ‘Caritas Cares’ 2019 report on poverty and inequality in Europe, in which it found that barriers to access to basic services are the main factor in increasing poverty.
The Pope insisted today, World Social Justice Day, on the “rights” and the “immense dignity” of the poor and abandoned.
“We live with our kind of prosperity at the expense of less developed countries”, a German bishop has decried.
Pope Francis pleaded Thursday for an economy based on “inclusion, care for our common home, and the integral development of individuals and peoples”.
Pope Francis agitated February 5 for global economic reform, insisting that “a rich world can and must put an end to poverty”.
Pope Francis reflected on the Beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” as he continued today his catechesis on the Beatitudes during the weekly General Audience.