Today, we encounter the verb impel. Is it something we feel? If not, can we claim the title of disciple?
409. The preferential option for the poor impels us as disciples and missionaries of Jesus to seek new and creative paths in order to respond to other effects of poverty. Their penurious situation and family violence often force many boys and girls to try to earn money on the street for their own survival and that of their family, thereby exposing them to grave moral and human risks.
410. It is the state’s social obligation to create a policy that includes street people. Violence and even killing of street children and youth in the street, as has regrettably happened in some countries in our continent, shall never be acceptable as a solution to this very serious social problem.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.