Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Visit Poverty USA

PovertyUSA is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. An initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PovertyUSA seeks to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes. To achieve this goal, the website offers many useful resources, such as:

The Poverty USA Tour, which helps us understand what life is like at the poverty line.


The Poverty Map, which helps bring to life the statistics and scope of Poverty USA.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

From Thomas Merton


Thursday, January 15, 2015

January is Poverty Awareness Month

During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor. How do we do this? One way is to use this poverty awareness calendar and contemplate the daily reflections. Another is to join the advocacy network of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Government Relations to let our elected leaders hear the voice of the Catholic community in the United States.

We will have more suggestions in the coming days, but these links provide a good starting point.

"I want a Church which is poor and for the poor."               Pope Francis is seen as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

- Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium)

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