The plight of Americans living in poverty hasn't improved during the last year, according to Census data, and Christian leaders said the issue must become a priority for Christians. "Across the political and theological spectrum, the faith community is putting aside differences and taking up the biblical vocation of protecting the poor and bringing their stories and struggles to light," said Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, a progressive Christian group. U.S. Census data released in September says median household income declined in 2011 and the poverty rate remained mostly unchanged from 2010, at 15 percent. The federal government defines poverty as annual income of $23,021 for a family of four.
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