Despite drop in poverty, advocates say much work remains to lift up poor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — While 3.5 million fewer Americans were living in poverty and the median household income grew 5.2 percent in 2015, advocates maintain there's much more work ahead to help the country's 43.1 million poor in their struggles to obtain affordable housing, feed their families, and find well-paying jobs.

Christians aren't greater than God, must forgive as He does, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

CRS, other NGOs pledge total of $1.2 billion to help world's refugees

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eighty-six percent of the world's refugees are living in developing countries and it is particularly hard for those countries to meet refugees' needs and provide them an education and a livelihood, according to Catholic Relief Services’ Jill Marie.