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U.S. bishops urge clergy to preach on poverty, advocate for jobless
September 20, 2011

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged bishops and other Catholic clergy nationwide to bring the issue of poverty into their homilies.

He also underscored the need for educational and advocacy efforts on behalf of the poor and jobless.

Archbishop Dolan made the appeal in a September 15 letter to the nation's bishops at the urging of the USCCB Administrative Committee. The Committee oversees USCCB work between plenary sessions and met in Washington, September 13-14.

"Widespread unemployment, underemployment and pervasive poverty are diminishing human lives, undermining human dignity, and hurting children and families," he wrote. "I hope we can use our opportunities as pastors, teachers, and leaders to focus public attention and priority on the scandal of so much poverty and so many without work in our society."

Archbishop Dolan added, "Sixteen million of our children (almost one out of four) are growing up poor."

The entire letter can be found here.
By USCCB
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