January is National Poverty Awareness Month, and Catholic communities across the Diocese of Trenton and the nation are asked to rise to the challenge to live in solidarity with the poor.

"We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them,” Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel).

With pre-pandemic statistics showing that more than 1.5 million children experience homelessness in a year and more than 38 million Americans live beneath their means, observing the month is an opportunity for the faithful to grow in their awareness of poverty and deepen their appreciation for what it means to stand in solidarity with those in need.

"As such, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has again collaborated with other organizations to make available online and social media resources including: links for daily reflections; an advocacy network in which faithful can communicate with elected officials about poverty, and tools to be used for creating prayer experiences and opportunities to learn more about economic justice.

To learn more about defending the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, visit the USCCB website The poor, as Pope Francis says, “have much to teach us. Not only do they share in the sensus fidei, but in their difficulties, they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them.”