Freedom from Poverty in Jamaica

“You don’t know how good you have it!” my mother would say when I refused finish the piece of chicken on my plate. It was an argument we had throughout my childhood. Once I saw a vein or accidentally ate a piece of fat, I threw a fit.  Dinner was over. She commanded me to finish eating, and I refused.

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Pope Francis and the Globalization of Indifference

Immigration is a hot topic in Europe, just as it is here in the US.  I recently read about a case there that touched me.  The small Italian island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia in North Africa.  This tiny island has attracted impoverished Africans seeking access into Europe where they hope to find a better life.

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Ringing in the New Year

2012 is here! And the blogosphere is buzzing with New Year’s resolutions, end-of-the-world theories, and political campaign predictions. With the holidays behind us, society’s focus has shifted a little more toward personal weight loss goals and a little less toward feeding the hungry.

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Which Man Are You?

“I want to share a story with you,” Pastor Carlos Vargas said yesterday on his visit with our staff. A long-time partner of Cross Catholic, Pastor Vargas is the founder of Esperanza de Vida (“Hope for Life”), a holistic ministry bringing food, medical care, and the hope of Christ to rural, mountain communities in northeastern Guatemala.

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The importance of dignity

Is this the face of poverty? If I hadn’t been standing right there in this child’s Nicaraguan village, snapping her photo under a blazing hot sun while perspiration seeped through my clothes, I never would have guessed her difficult circumstances.

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