The Deepest Poverty
To evangelize means: to reveal the path to true happiness―to teach the art of complete living. At the beginning of his public life Jesus says: I have come to evangelize the poor (Luke 4:18) This means, “I have come to respond to the fundamental question of your existence. I am here to show you the path of life, the path to happiness. I am, in fact, that path.”
The deepest poverty is not material poverty but spiritual poverty: the inability to be joyful, the conviction that life is absurd and contradictory. In different forms the poverty is widespread today, both in the materially rich and in the impoverished nations.
Pope Benedict XVI