Monday, October 17, 2011, World Day against Poverty, was presented in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the 2011 Report of the Caritas-Zancan on poverty and social exclusion in Italy.
Beyond the data (8 million and 272 thousand Italians in relative poverty, equivalent to 13.8% of the population), the Report is an analysis in depth on the rights of the poor provided by the Constitution at the international level and of the role played by the Church to contrast economic poverty. The book is divided into two parts. In the first the rights of the poor as provided by the Constitution and at international level are analyzed extensively; the second part, edited by the Italian Caritas, focuses on the role played by the Church in the contrast to economic poverty. Specific aspects such as immigrant poverty, living conditions in mountain areas, the anti-crisis initiatives implemented by the dioceses and the work done by social assistance canteens have been also dealt with in depth.