Pope Francis' remarks about armed intervention in Iraq has Catholic commentators trying to explain the nuances of the church's position on humanitarian intervention.
Making a Difference: Approximately 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty throughout the world. An estimated 21,000 die every day.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Despite progress in defeating extreme global poverty, most Americans see no end in sight, according to a survey sponsored by Compassion International.
Christians who attend church at least monthly and consider religion very important in their life overwhelmingly (96 percent) expressed concern about the world's poorest people. But they were skeptical that global poverty could be ended in the next 25 years. Only 41 percent of the group said it was possible.
Just Catholic: There are 900 million hungry people in this world. There is also an overabundance of obesity. Think about that when you fill up your plate.
But for the tragedy in the Philippines, 2013 is ending as a quiet year for humanitarian events, right? Not necessarily.