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Cardinal denounces proposed UK welfare cuts

Catholic World News - December 16, 2011

Joined by the leaders of Northern Ireland’s Anglican, Methodist, and Presbyterian communities, Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh traveled to Westminster to urge lawmakers not to adopt a proposed cuts in welfare benefits.

“As Christian leaders we feel we have a responsibility to speak up for the most vulnerable in our society and for those in our congregations, especially children and their families who will be pushed even further into poverty by some of these reforms,” the Primate of All Ireland told Vatican Radio.

“We are taking a united stand as Church leaders to say, ‘Give us a shared future which is a better future, not one that pushes Northern Ireland further back as the most impoverished region of the UK,’” he added. “We need investment for peace, stability and growth, not measures that leave tens of thousands of our young people without hope or a stake in a better future.”

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