RMG - "It's not the poor kids who ask for your charity, but Jesus himself." The best news you don't know

26 July 2017

(ANS - Rome) - Millions of citizens from Europe and other Western countries are experiencing moments of great pessimism and anxiety, moments dominated by social tensions and uncertainty about the future. In this hazy scenario, the media forget important and positive events. There is one in particular that deserves mention: "the best news you don't know," according to the definition of Nicholas Kristof, the “New York Times” journalist.

True, over 800 million people do not eat every day and live in misery, but there is also a little-known story. "In the past 30 years," wrote Mr. Kristof, "the percentage of people in the world living in extreme poverty has more than halved. Not only that, the planet today has for the first time in its history the possibility of eliminating extreme poverty, identified as a level of income lower than $ 1.90 a day."

True, there is poverty, or to be more precise, misery, such as that of Kidu, Joel and Shani, who rise each day without knowing whether they will eat anything. The challenge for 2030 is to eradicate poverty, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, signed by all governments. A future of hope opens up. "The World Bank shows that the number of people living in extreme poverty in the world has decreased by 1.1 billion over the last 25 years, the period in which the world's population has grown by almost 2 billion," says M. De la Rocha and M Negre, World Bank consultants.

Lack of access to health and education, insecurity, social exclusion, malnutrition, lack of security ... are a number of factors related to poverty.

Present in over 130 countries around the world, the Salesian Congregation does its best to bring its grain of sand, its contribution, in the struggle against poverty by providing education to children and devoting their work to the poorest and most needy.

Some may wonder about the whys of this commitment. The answer was left by Don Bosco himself: "In the person of the poor, and especially of the most abandoned, we can see the representation of the Savior. That is why it is not the poor children who ask for your charity, but Jesus himself, in the person of His poor."


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

This site also uses third-party cookies to improve user experience and for statistical purposes. By scrolling through this page or by clicking on any of its elements, you consent to the use of cookies. To learn more or to opt out, click "Further Information".