The poor will always be with you, Jesus said - but that doesn't
mean Christians have ever figured out how to be with the poor. Pope
Francis has emphasized a vision of a "Church that is poor and for
the poor." But growing economic inequality continues to spread
across the globe. This book takes a fresh look at the role of
churches, and individual Christians, in relating to poverty and the
poor among them. A strong focus is placed on the biblical and
theological roots of the Church's commitment to care for the poor.
At times praised as a virtue and blessed as a condition, poverty
easily confuses us, and we are often left doing little to nothing
to make a difference with and for the poor. As a social evil and a
burden, poverty has elicited many kinds of reactions among the
followers of Christ. It is time for Christians to figure out what
to do about it. Contributors include Pope Francis, Pheme Perkins,
Sandra M. Schneider, and Thomas Massaro SJ.
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