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USCCB Committee Chairs Urge Congress to Protect Poor And Vulnerable as Debate on Budget Continues

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USCCB Committee Chairs Urge Congress to Protect Poor And Vulnerable as Debate on Budget Continues

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON—The two bishops who lead the justice and peace efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress to address the moral and human dimensions of the federal budget and protect the poor, in light of the budget resolutions under current consideration.

“We support the goal of reducing future unsustainable deficits, but insist that this worthy goal be pursued in ways that protect poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace. Read more

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

Spending cuts will harm poor, warns Catholic agency

By Adelaide Darling
A boy stands beside a CRS vehicle in the village of Katooke in western Uganda. Photo by CRS staff.

Washington D.C., Feb 21, 2013 / 05:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If members of Congress do not come to an agreement on a debt reduction proposal, the resulting spending cuts may threaten the lives of those in poverty, cautioned Catholic Relief Services.

Members of Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of Catholic Relief Services, agreed with conclusions by several U.S. bishops that while “Congress has a responsibility to reduce federal deficits and improve our fiscal health,” it should “do so in ways that give moral priority to programs that help people living in poverty, both at home and abroad.” Read more

Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department

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Denver Catholic Charities, Social Ministries Director Named Head Of USCCB Justice, Peace, Human Development Department

September 17, 2012

WASHINGTONJonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver since 2009, has been named executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

He succeeds John Carr, who retired from the USCCB in late August after almost 25 years of service. He is currently is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the links between faith and public life. Read more