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DePaul University confers honorary doctorate on Rev. Larry Snyder

Editor’s Note: Catholic Charities President, Rev. Larry Snyder, was in Chicago this past weekend to address the 2014 Graduates of DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the College of Science & Health, and presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Below are the remarks delivered by Charles Suchar, DePaul University’s [...]

Memorial Day Remembrance

A Debt That Can Never Be Fully Repaid

Throughout our nation’s history, the men and women who serve in our nation’s military have been the first to head into danger to protect those at home. In the Gospel, we read that “Greater love hath no man than this, than to lie down his life for his friends” – surely, a fitting testament to [...]

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Reflection for Easter Sunday

As we gathered in darkened churches to celebrate the Easter Vigil, we were reminded of the power of one candle.  The Paschal candle lit from the Easter fire had the ability to illumine the entire church and banish the darkness.  From that one candle the flame is shared and diffused throughout the worshipers until hundreds [...]

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The Power – and Peril – of Crowds

Think back to the last performance, sporting event, or speech you attended that concluded with the audience on their feet, shouting their approval and delivering a standing ovation. An expertly-sung aria, a new policy platform, or a game-saving play can bring a crowd to its feet in shared euphoria. One has to imagine that it [...]

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Sent Out into a Messy World: The Mission of Pope Francis

“Anyone who knows about Catholic Charities in the United States knows that we are all about the messiness in people’s lives. People turn to us when things get broken: a crisis in the family, an economic setback, a personal failure, a challenge too overwhelming for their resources or emotions. In all of these situations, we [...]

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Forty Days of Learning to Let Go

Lent is intended to be a time for self-reflection and repentance before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – a spring cleaning, if you will, before the joy of Easter. This time of preparation and purification has Biblical roots – In the synoptic Gospels, we hear about Jesus’ solitary journey to the desert for a period [...]

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A Prayer for the Innocents

In many ways, it’s hard to believe it has already been one year. Our staff was gathering for our annual Christmas party, preparing to celebrate the good cheer and hopefulness of the holiday season. The food was ready and laughter was filing the halls of our office. Then I saw the breaking news alert – [...]

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“Expiring Unemployment Insurance: A Financial Cliff Facing 1.3M Americans”

The following are Rev. Larry Snyder’s remarks during the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on Thursday, December 5, 2013, entitled “Expiring Unemployment Insurance: A Financial Cliff Facing 1.3 Million Americans.” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, members of the House Democratic Caucus, and Americans benefiting from this program highlighted its importance and underscored the harm [...]

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from CCUSA

Did you know the first thanksgiving was a three-day feast? While our thanksgiving dinners may not be quite as sumptuous or extended as that original sharing of harvests, many look forward to this time of year as a time to come together with family and friends to share stories, reflect on our blessings, and of [...]