Social Justice

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said.
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Catholic Campaign for Human Development to be taken up in parishes Nov. 18-19

The archbishop noted that last year, parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore contributed $205,800 to the collection. Nine self-help, poverty-level income groups within the archdiocese received $405,000 in national and local CCHD grants.
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Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor

The "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" maintains that "tax revenues and public spending take on crucial economic importance for every civil and political community. The goal to be sought is public financing that is itself capable of becoming an instrument of development and solidarity."
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‘All God’s people’: Beans and Bread helps feed East Baltimore’s hungry

Feeding the hungry is work, but the approximately 14 volunteers (12 for lunch, two for breakfast) who keep Beans and Bread running into its fifth decade of service don’t see it that way.
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‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees "with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace," Pope Francis said, launching the "Share the Journey" campaign of Catholic charities around the world.
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Church leaders condemn possible massacre of indigenous in Amazon

Catholic leaders condemned reports of a possible massacre of isolated indigenous people by illegal gold miners in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon.
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Archbishop Lori shows support for young immigrants facing possible deportation

In a show of support for young undocumented immigrants who could face deportation if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is eliminated, Archbishop William E. Lori celebrated a Mass in Spanish at St. Patrick in Fells Point Sept. 13, assuring the immigrant community he stands with them.
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Bishops’ annual Labor Day statement scores ‘excessive inequality’

"Excessive inequality" threatens cooperation among all people in society "and the social pact it supports," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.
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Immigration outreach among CCHD grant recipients in Baltimore Archdiocese

A total of $405,000 in national and local grants were distributed to institutions in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on behalf of CCHD by Bishop Mark Brennan.
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After Charlottesville, Archbishop Lori prays for justice and peace before Baltimore City Council

“Give us the courage to excise from our midst anger, violence, hatred and bigotry, and the underlying sin of racism that is still so prevalent in our midst,” Archbishop Lori prayed.
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Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

The Knights are following the example of the Hungarian government, whose new spending bill allowed for $2 million to be sent to the Archdiocese of Irbil in Iraq to rebuild a Christian community near Mosul, Iraq.
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Catholic groups ask Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ RAISE Act

"The RAISE Act imposes a definition of family that would weaken those bonds," said Bishop Joe Vázquez, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration.
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