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USCCB, CRS: call Congress on September 18 to stop cuts to international aid

Catholic World News - September 17, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development and Catholic Relief Services are calling upon Catholics to call their congressional representatives on September 18 “to protect US poverty-focused international assistance as they consider spending levels for the FY 2014 appropriations.”

“US poverty-focused international assistance makes it possible for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to deliver food and care to these first grade children in Mali who would otherwise go Hungry,” according to an action alert from the USCCB and CRS.

Poverty-focused international assistance as “is less than 1% of the federal budget, yet this little bit of funding saves millions of lives around the world,” the alert continues. “Cutting this assistance will not balance the federal budget, but it will cost lives.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 23, 2013 12:40 AM ET USA

    The USCCB and, of necessity, its members can't come to accept that they were not ordained for politics.

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 18, 2013 8:56 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the USCCB missed the message from Pope Francis to act as ministers instead of politicians. We have an oversupply of politicians, but a shortage of real priests willing to minister to the spiritual needs of the laity!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 17, 2013 8:31 PM ET USA

    Balancing the budget will mean cuts to lots of programs that are only 1% or less of the Federal budget. "By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard it's hard." We have no guarantee that the money we send to poor countries ever gets to the poor. There are lots of greedy hands grabbing it all along the way.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Sep. 17, 2013 8:19 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the bishops could sell the elaborate USCCB headquarters there in Washington, fire most of the staff, and use the proceeds and savings for poverty programs abroad instead of increasing the US debt.

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Sep. 17, 2013 7:52 PM ET USA

    Sorry but you have start somewhere. USCCB thinks the the United States has a neverending bucket of cash. CRS gets most of it cash now from the US government. No wonder it bows to the government.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 17, 2013 3:00 PM ET USA

    If one in five children in the US are hungry, doesn't this mean there is a lot to do in the US, too?

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