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USCCB calls for Good Friday prayer, advocacy for the hungry

Catholic World News - March 14, 2012

As its First Fridays for Food Security initiative concludes, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to pray, fast, and lobby on behalf of the hungry on Good Friday.

“On Good Friday, we reflect on the passion and death of Christ. The passion reminds us in a special way that ‘the Lord hears the cry of the multitudes’ and that ‘the compassionate gaze of Christ’ falls upon all who suffer (Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message, 2006),” a USCCB flyer notes.

The flyer continues:

On this Good Friday, the First Friday of April, take time, possibly in front of the Blessed Sacrament or an image of the Sacred Heart, to see the world through the eyes of those suffering around us: What would it feel like to only serve one meal to your family each day? If you didn’t have access to transportation, how would you buy groceries? Without a just wage, how could you help your pregnant wife to eat healthy meals for two? Send an email or make a phone call to your elected officials to urge legislators to prioritize our brothers and sisters experiencing food insecurity at home and around the world.

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  • Posted by: elizabethshaw2491 - Mar. 15, 2012 12:43 PM ET USA

    I am also curious about their plea to write our legislators to solve the problem of hunger. Since when is it up to the government to fix our social problems? Isn't that what we, the Church, are mandated to do?

  • Posted by: Hal - Mar. 14, 2012 10:36 AM ET USA

    Wow. They couldn't even consider a fast for the Church in America, under unprecedented persecution, in order to focus Catholic and non-Catholic attention on the mandate issue? It makes them appear fundamentally unserious. I know it's not charitible but I've had it with this bunch. Until I recover my good humor, I suppose.

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