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Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, Pope says

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FAMILIES who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said. The main culprit was “an economic system that has removed the human person from its focus and has placed the god of money” as its priority instead, he said yesterday (January 21). The Pope dedicated his general audience talk to a review of some of the highlights ... Read More »

Markets cannot be the answer to economic inequities, Pope says in book

Philippines girl in poverty

THE world cannot wait for an economic system that will cause poverty to fix itself, Pope Francis said. “Markets and financial speculation cannot enjoy absolute autonomy,” he said. There must be “programs, mechanisms and procedures aimed at a better distribution of resources, job creation and the integral advancement of those who are excluded”, he said in a recently published interview. ... Read More »

Feed the world, safeguard the planet, Pope tells international leaders


EVERY human being has a right to food, and no business plan or economic policy can override that right, Pope Francis told world leaders gathered in Rome. “The struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities’ and the ‘primacy of profit’, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial ... Read More »

Pope urges activists to struggle against ‘structural causes’ of poverty

Pope Francis

POPE Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the “structural causes” of poverty and inequality, with a “revolutionary” program drawn from the Gospels. “The poor no longer wait, they seek to be protagonists, they organise, study, work, demand and, above all, practise that special solidarity that exists among those who suffer, among the poor,” the ... Read More »

Queensland’s shameful secret

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By Paul Dobbyn A YOUNG brother and sister living with their parents in cars in bayside Brisbane are among Queensland’s best-kept secrets. So are the other 5000 homeless young children in this state, according to Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey. “I met the bayside family a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Somehow the mother was getting the children ... Read More »

Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

IN a historic square in the centre of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded. “Prayer saves the anonymous city dweller from a temptation that we, too, face: activism that believes everything ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’


THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Where is Jesus Christ this Christmas?

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VINNIES VIEW By Brian Moore “I bring you good tidings of great joy … For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord … You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 WHAT has happened to the old-fashioned, spiritual Christmas? Could the ... Read More »

Idris in league with Vinnies

Christmas appeal

By PAUL DOBBYN TITANS rugby league star Jamal Idris has dived in to help the Gold Coast’s St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas drive following a dramatic increase in calls to the charity from the region’s less fortunate. His appeal came as the society’s Diocesan Central Council president Jim Donaldson reported a 25 per cent increase in calls for help ... Read More »

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