Living out the option for the poor

The Cardinal Hume Award recognises young people who have helped others turn lives around.

Caring for those living in poverty, both in our local neighbourhoods and throughout the world, is a fundamental duty of us all. However, the preferential option for the poor goes further than this.  The voice of people living in poverty needs to be heard. We must enable them to be a full part of the decision making process. We must enable those living in poverty to play a full, active role in society.

Nomination Tips: 

Do you know a young person who strives to put the poorest in their community first? A young person who gives up their time to volunteer in their local foodbank or in their local homeless shelter. Perhaps you know a young person who works tirelessly to tackle the causes of poverty, at home or abroad, or a group who have built up awareness of Fairtrade and the reason for its importance. 

A group of 12-year-olds from St John Vianney Special Education Needs School Manchester were awarded the Cardinal Hume Award for ‘living out the option for the poor’ at our 2019 ceremony. The group support local charities by donating food, clothing, toiletries and money (giving up their lunch breaks in the process!) Their teacher said that being recognised, “would mean the world to them as they do not get much outside recognition for all their hard work. They face difficulties daily, often being negatively judged. But these are some of the kindest and spiritually amazing children I have worked with. They are so kind and caring and want to help others despite their own circumstances, it would make a huge difference in their lives”. 

Nominations are now closed.

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There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panelists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an Awards Powerpoint, in addition to an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

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