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USCCB, CRS: lobby on behalf of foreign aid for the poor

Catholic World News - November 02, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are again urging Catholics to lobby their senators on behalf of foreign aid for the impoverished.

“Congress is considering proposals that would drastically turn back the clock on fighting hunger, disease, and poverty,” according to a recent “action alert” from the USCCB and CRS.

“We must tell our Senators that we care about our nation’s efforts to support poor and marginalized communities around the world,” the alert continued. “Urge them to maintain the Senate Appropriations Committee-proposed funding levels for international humanitarian and development assistance. Your action is particularly important because the funding levels for FY 2012 will set the stage for funding levels over the next decade.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Nov. 02, 2011 6:42 PM ET USA

    Who knew that Jesus meant that we should write our Senators about caring for the less fortunate when He gave the Sermon on the Mount. I always thought He was calling on us to show His love to those around us by personally caring for others and by giving to charity. But then, I always thought that the bishops were supposed to "teach as Jesus did".

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Nov. 02, 2011 6:12 PM ET USA

    I am prayerfully declining this instruction. Foreign aid from our government to the governments in these impoverished countries has consistently failed to reach the intended recipients. Instead it is enriching the leaders of these people. The jury is still out on Catholic relief efforts in these places.

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