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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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On Veterans Day, Catholic Charities Network Pledges Support to All Who Have Served

On Veterans Day, Catholic Charities USA, along with its network of over 160 social service agencies across America, expresses its gratitude for the service and sacrifice of all of our country’s military men and women. “On this day, we recognize with gratitude all who have served our nation in the armed forces,” said Father Larry [...]

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CCUSA Responds to Typhoon Haiyan: Our Hearts are Heavy at the Reports of Widespread Devastation

Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) responds to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan: “Our hearts are heavy at the reports of widespread devastation in the areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. With thousands reported dead and many more injured, this is tragedy on a devastating scale.Catholic Charities USA and its network of member agencies stand at the ready [...]

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Measuring Poverty with 21st Century Tools

I don’t know about you, but I love my smartphone. It’s amazing to think that only 10 years ago, the way we consumed news, caught up on work emails, or kept in touch with family members was so drastically different – then one device came along and changed everything. Last year, a leading tech company [...]

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Superstorm Sandy One Year Later: The Recovery Continues

It is hard to believe that one year has passed since communities from West Virginia to Connecticut were affected by the fury and might of Superstorm Sandy. I visited the areas affected shortly thereafter and it was impossible not to be struck by the awesome power of nature and its ability to wipe out entire communities. [...]

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In Celebration of World Food Day

Today we celebrate World Food Day, an opportunity for us to look at how the absence of this most basic necessity shapes the lives of our neighbors and how our individual and collective decisions affect justice in our food system. In a message this morning to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, our Holy Father, [...]