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Angel Praying

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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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 […]

Census Data PR

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 […]

Superstorm sandy blog

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. […]

World food day blog

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, […]

political disagreements harming blog

Political Disagreement is Harming Those in Need

Three days after a shutdown of the federal government went into effect, our congressional leaders remain unable to reach a compromise to keep our government’s doors open. The impact of this shutdown is being felt in communities across the nation. While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington, D.C., could have on people […]

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Happy 103rd Birthday CCUSA

I am very proud to announce that today marks the 103rd anniversary of Catholic Charities USA. Officially founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America, our great organization was created to promote the diocesan Catholic charities bureaus both individually and as a whole. Historically we trace our history back to the Ursuline […]

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Opening Address at the 2013 Annual Gathering

At last weekend’s 2013 Annual Gathering I was fortunate enough to deliver the opening address. Below is an exerpt of my speech, and please click here to see the full version. Thank you again for all who attended and made it yet another wonderful Annual Gathering. “Good morning!  Let me offer my warmest welcome to all of […]

end to violence blog

Working for Healing and an End to Violence

Our hearts are filled with sorrow at the tragic events less than 24 hours ago in southeast Washington, D.C. Senseless violence, this time directed at the civilians and military personnel at work protecting our nation at Washington’s Navy Yard, has once again torn at the heart of a community and forever impacted hundreds of family […]