Many voices -- including Pope Francis' -- have discussed the role of poverty on family life. Does one issue feed into the other? Is there a cause and effect?
In July, Paul Ryan unveiled a new anti-poverty plan that is an about-face for Ryan, who's known for proposing budget cuts that hurt the poor.
Making a Difference: Approximately 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty throughout the world. An estimated 21,000 die every day.
On the 39th anniversary of the closing of the Vietnam War, 20 percent of the countryside is still littered with thousands of unexploded bombs and munitions; the very poor have taken to diffusing them to sell for scrap, and many lives and limbs are lost each year by farmers and others who accidentally dig them up.
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.
The terms "poverty" and "America" did not seem to fit together for Philippine native Mar-Rex Lindawan, a nursing student at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.
A March visit to Appalachia changed her perspective.
Thank God for the computer-literate and those who can transform numbers into interactive graphics. Some people learn better from pictures or graphic presentation of data. This interactive map based on census data shows just where poverty lives. It's worth spending time understanding.
Leaders representing Manila's poor asked the cardinal that church representatives visit their communities to talk about their living conditions.
It is often difficult to accept the reality that certain long held beliefs may no longer be true. An important article in The New Yorker challenges some traditional beliefs about social mobility in the United States.