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Pope's Message of Income Inequality Resonates in MI

Michiganders are listening as Pope Francis brings his message of social justice to the United States. Credit: Nico_Campo/iStockPhoto
Michiganders are listening as Pope Francis brings his message of social justice to the United States. Credit: Nico_Campo/iStockPhoto
September 24, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – With his humble ways and deep concern for social justice, some call Pope Francis “The Pope of the Poor," which Catholic leaders in Michigan say is a message the entire state needs to hear.

Michael Diebold, director of communications of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, says that when the pope speaks of the poor, he is not just referring to those in Third World countries.

With Michigan's childhood poverty rate still among the highest in the nation, Diebold says there are policies that can turn the pope's message into action.

"The Earned Income Credit,” he points out. “Advocating on behalf of the poor as far as keeping an Earned Income Credit in effect here in Michigan."

While the pope's first visit to the United States does not include a stop in Michigan, thousands of Michiganders have traveled to the East Coast to attend one of the Masses or events over which the pope will preside.

Diebold says he hopes policymakers will take the pope's message to heart and the papal visit will have an impact on many Michiganders.

"I think we're going to see some measurable activity on the part of not only Catholics but all people of goodwill to make donations, or to volunteer,” he states. “I fully anticipate that we're going to see an uptick in that kind of activity."

Today Francis will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress, where he is expected to continue his advocacy for the poor, immigrants and the environment.

After his address, he plans to meet with some of those served by Catholic Charities, including the homeless and indigent, before heading to New York and Philadelphia.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI