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is an episcopal ministry “against hunger and sickness in the world,” founded in 1958 by the German Catholic bishops (see Relief organizations). The name comes from Mark 8:2, “Misereor super turbam” (“I have pity on the people”). Within the spectrum of various global church organizations, Misereor concentrates on support of the poor, “irrespective of race, gender, religion, and nationality” (Statute 1.1), to help them “to a life of dignity” through “help for self-help” (ibid.). The bishops define Misereor as “the central institution of the Catholic Chur…

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Sayer, Josef, “Misereor”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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