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USCCB, CRS to host webcast on protecting ‘life-saving’ federal aid programs

Catholic World News - June 18, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services have announced that a webcast devoted to “protecting life-saving care and treatment in the federal budget” will take place on June 20.

“CRS and our Catholic Church partners assist communities throughout the world to help people meet their basic health needs,” the webcast invitation states. “HIV and AIDS is just one of many health challenges our brothers and sisters face. Malaria and Tuberculosis devastate the lives of families and young children at alarming rates. Thanks to the United States, part of the international assistance funding in the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations helps communities fight back such horrible diseases.”

“This small amount of funding, leveraged with the vast human resources the Catholic Church has around the world, helps millions of people who are poor and vulnerable live longer, healthier lives,” the invitation continues. “As Congress debates the budget for fiscal year 2013, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and CRS will need your help to protect the funding for this critical life-saving work. As Catholics, we are compelled to act.”

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