• The Franciscan Center of Baltimore is living out the church's call to put the poor and vulnerable first.

    Volunteers work to harvest fresh, organic produce on Little Portion Farm outside of Baltimore.

    Volunteers work to harvest fresh, organic produce on Little Portion Farm outside of Baltimore. All produce is donated to the soup kitchen at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore. (CNS photo courtesy Steven Albright)

  • This week's Faith Alive! looks at the fourth "theme" of Catholic social teaching -- the option for the poor and vulnerable.

    A woman in need picks up food on a July day in 2020 at the Father English Food Pantry in Paterson, N.J., run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson.

    A woman in need picks up food on a July day in 2020 at the Father English Food Pantry in Paterson, N.J., run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson. Not to make light of such efforts, but a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable must go way beyond donating instant potatoes and canned ravioli. (CNS photo courtesy Catholic Charities Paterson)

  • This is the third of a seven-part series on Catholic social teaching. This package focuses on rights and responsibilities.

     The International Union of Superiors General launched a new global initiative Oct. 2, 2020, to support family- and community-based care for children through its new office, Catholic Care for Children International.

    The International Union of Superiors General launched a new global initiative Oct. 2, 2020, to support family- and community-based care for children through its new office, Catholic Care for Children International. Children have the right to be cared for and loved by their parents, and the parents have the responsibility to care for and love their children. (CNS photo courtesy UISG)

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