BACKGROUND: The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The duty of making oneself a neighbor to others and actively serving them becomes even more urgent when it involves the disadvantaged, in whatever area this may be.” (no. 1932). As Christ willingly took it upon himself to identify with the least of his brethren, we are called in solidarity to protect our brothers and sisters living in poverty, whether at home or abroad.
U.S. poverty-focused international assistance makes it possible for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to deliver food and care to poor and vulnerable children and families around the world. It also makes it possible for CRS to provide education to communities so that malnutrition and common diseases can be prevented. Seeds, tools and training are helping families grow gardens and raise livestock so that they can overcome droughts and have a constant, diverse source of food. The teaching of new farming practices is helping communities conserve soil, protect water resources, and reforest the land. For more information on the work of CRS, see http://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org/.
ISSUE: Congress is deliberating how much funding to make available for poverty-focused international assistance. While our nation’s fiscal challenges are significant, poverty-focused international assistance makes up less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget. Cutting this assistance will not balance the federal budget, but it will cost lives. Reducing future unsustainable deficits is important, but it must be done in a morally responsible way that gives priority to those who are poor and vulnerable at home and abroad.
ACTION: Click the link below to send an electronic message urging your U.S. Representative in Congress to protect poverty-focused international relief and development assistance in FY 2013 appropriations negotiations.
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