Latest Poverty News

Italian nun slain in Haiti is hailed by pope as martyr

Jun. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children. The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in...

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

Jun. 25, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in villages...

A roof over their head: Churches use tiny homes for homeless

Jun. 25, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

Churches across the U.S. are tackling the big question of how to address homelessness in their communities with a small solution: tiny homes. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro...

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

Jun. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit...

Vatican to start monthly newspaper by and with the poor

Jun. 24, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican newspaper is starting a new monthly edition dedicated to the poor and people on the margins, aimed at not only telling their stories but involving them in the paper's production and distribution, the Vatican said Friday. The first edition of L’Osservatore...

Afghanistan earthquake victims face struggles getting aid

Jun. 24, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

Getting donations to Afghanistan earthquake victims will be far more difficult compared with other disasters due to sanctions against the country’s Taliban government and its troubled relationship with Western nations, experts say. International groups that maintained operations in...

UN chief warns of 'catastrophe' from global food shortage

Jun. 24, 2022 08:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations warned Friday that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food around the globe. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the...

UN officials: Afghan quake adds to emergencies in country

Jun. 23, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The devastating earthquake this week in Afghanistan is one more emergency facing the country, which is also confronting its worst drought in 30 years and massive poverty. Afghanistan also has the highest number of people in the world facing the risk of famine and there are...

Black veteran groups seek policy agenda on racial inequities

Jun. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

As a young man in Memphis, Tennessee, Robert Dabney Jr. wanted to blaze a path that could set his family up for a better life. So two weeks after high school graduation in 1998, at age 18, he joined the U.S. Army. During nine years of service that included two tours in Iraq, Dabney...

Board wants management plan for shelter pods for homeless

Jun. 22, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A city board in Burlington has signed off on the development of a shelter pod community for the homeless population in Vermont’s largest city. Members of the Burlington Development Review Board said Tuesday night that they want to see a...