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US bishops, other Christian leaders: protect budget funding for the poor

Catholic World News - April 29, 2011

Representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined with evangelical, Orthodox, and mainline Protestant leaders in calling for “a Circle of Protection around programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.”

“As Christian leaders, we are committed to fiscal responsibility and shared sacrifice,” the 32 principal signatories said in a joint statement. “We are also committed to resist budget cuts that undermine the lives, dignity, and rights of poor and vulnerable people.”

Among the Catholic signatories of the “Circle of Protection” statement were Bishops Howard Hubbard and Stephen Blaire, who chair the USCCB committees on International Justice and Peace and Domestic Justice and Human Development; the presidents of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA; and the presidents of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Leadership Council of Women Religious.

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