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The Church on Homelessness The view of the church to the homeless is generous and envangelistic commitment The church also shows a special love for the poor The church just being there and its charitable help for the homeless shows what God would want the church to do for the homeless The church is very conscious that the lack of decent housing threatens the poor The church is grateful for the creation of organizations that help to make the right to housing possible for many homeless people Examples of such organizations are shelters and witness of the local churches Pope Paul VI himself personally promoted a program aimed at providing housing for some families who were living in a Roman slum The concern of the church for housing for the homeless comes from three ideas 1 Adequate housing is important if a person is to find fulfillment both as an individual and as a member of a family and society 2 The witness that the church seeks to give in helping in the search for a solution to the problems of the poor is a sign of the presence of the kingdom of salvation and liberation 3 The mission of the church also consists in helping to make society more human The Catholic Church agrees with these three ideas and also makes its own judgement on the suffering of these millions of people From the time of the earliest Christian communities the church has always shown a preference for the poor the needy and on the outcasts of society The way that the church insists on reaching out to the poor through mission collections food pantries and shelters shows the preferential love that the church has for these people The church has always appealed to government programs set up to help the poor and has always supported cities to set up housing programs in the poorest areas As long as
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