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US bishops, CRS: Don’t cut international aid to the poor

CWN - May 21, 2010

Citing Pope Benedict-- who wrote in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate that “more economically developed nations should do all they can to allocate larger portions of their gross domestic product to development aid-- the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are urging the Senate to preserve federal funding for international anti-poverty programs.

“While budget constraints are serious and must be dealt with, through foreign assistance reform and other measures, our nation should not balance its budget on the backs of people living in poverty around the world,” notes a May 20 action alert.

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