Pope calls on followers to support those in poverty on Christmas Eve
26 December 2021 | 6:27 am
Pope Francis said that those who are indifferent to the poor "offend God." In a Christmas season overshadowed by coronavirus worries, he also urged followers to value the "little things in life."
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This week, Paris is aiming to send a message to world leaders that the major issues facing the planet such as extreme poverty and climate change have to be tackled now. The "Power Our Planet" concert on June 22 in front of the Eiffel Tower is being organised by the NGO Global Citizen, an organisation that has already raised over $40 billion worldwide to fight poverty.
French President Macron says no country should have to choose "between reducing poverty and protecting the planet," at a Paris summit to seek ways to tackle debt, poverty and funding green initiatives.
Sri Lanka is deep in crisis and many people are barely able to afford fuel and food. The state lacks the money to help, and it is the poorest who are suffering the most. People like tea picker Nagamma and her family.
Nigeria’s population is growing at an exponential rate. Harnessing the potential of the young is possible if the right measures are taken, experts say. Otherwise, the country's problems could grow more intractable.
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The health and cost-of-living crises has disproportionately affected the poor and women in developing Asia, hurting their chances of long-term improvement.
Comments Pope Francis made during a private discussion on a recent trip to Portugal criticizing the US Catholic Church, home to several of his more staunch opponents, have been made public in Italy.
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With just over 1,400 Catholics, Mongolia is one of the smallest and newest Catholic communities in the world. Pope Francis makes the trip while also casting an eye toward China.
Pope Francis is on the first-ever papal visit to the country on China and Russia's doorstep, where he said governments shouldn't fear the Church's work.
After a mass in Mongolia attended by some groups of Chinese Catholics, the pope told them to be "good Christians and good citizens."
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