Advocacy

The Happiest Birthday

By Benjamin Backe This year, 6 million more healthy children are turning 5. During the week of June 23, members of the 5th Birthday and Beyond Coalition, including faith-based organizations, secular NGO’s, members of Congress, and representatives from partners around the nation and around the world, are meeting in Washington, DC, to celebrate what has […]

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Immunization, Cucumbers and Civil Society

by Brenda Hegarty I was digging worms out my cucumber (the African equivalent of ‘organic’ labelling) when my neighbor trundled into my compound with her belly as swollen as a gestating giraffe’s. “Foreign girl,” she said (a term of endearment…I’m told). “I’m dying. You’ve got to help me.” She sat down on my compost heap […]

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Advocacy: A New Year Filled with Hope

Happy New Year! We welcome 2014 and all of the hope and promise for peace it holds for our brothers and sisters throughout the world. What better way to kick off the New Year than with Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message? In his message, Pope Francis urges us to open our hearts in […]

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Advocacy: Budget Deal and Prayers for CAR

This second week of Advent brought some hopeful news out of Washington D.C. as House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on the federal budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year 2014. By all accounts the deal would increase military and domestic spending over the next two years, shifting the pain of across-the-board cuts […]

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Welcoming Advent and the Wave of Prayer on 12/10

This week marks the beginning of Advent, a time of hopeful anticipation. As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Christ, we cannot help but be uplifted by Pope Francis’ anticipated video message in which he calls for an end to global hunger. Join Catholics throughout the world in a global wave of prayer […]

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Good News from Congress Thanks to You

For a change, there’s good news coming out of Washington, D.C. this week. The Senate and House passed the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, extending the lifesaving legislation that has helped tens of millions of people affected by HIV around the world. Your phone calls and emails to legislators played a significant role […]

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Will Compromise Prevail to Confront Global Hunger and Poverty?

As we’ve shared with you over the past few weeks, Congress is working to forge compromises on the Farm Bill and the fiscal year 2014 budget through what’s known as conference committees. Decisions that are made on the Farm Bill and budget have a huge impact on our brothers and sisters who are poor and […]

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The Saints Inspire Us and Maybe Even Congress

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints today, November 1. As we honor all of the saints, we are in awe of God’s powerful work in their lives. Less awe-inspiring, but still a positive sign, members of Congress met this week for two very important conference committee negotiations: the Farm Bill and the Budget. […]

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Immigration Reform Update Webcast

Please join Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for an online Catholics Confront Global Poverty discussion Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1-1:30 p.m. Reserve your place here. Background: Now that Congress is considering changes to our nation’s immigration system, we have a real opportunity to address why people migrate and the […]

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PEPFAR Funding Extension Passes Senate Committee

his bipartisan legislation continues our nation’s commitment to combating HIV/AIDS worldwide.

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