Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today announced a new initiative to confront global poverty. The organizations seek 1 million Catholics to join the initiative over the next two years.
The initiative focuses on seven areas:
- Improving and increasing US international assistance;
- Strengthening international peacekeeping and peacebuilding;
- Complete debt relief for poor nations;
- Reformation of global trade and agricultural policies;
- Ensuring that the natural resources of poorer countries are explored in ways that protect the environment;
- Promoting comprehensive immigration reform and addressing the root causes of migration;
- Addressing global climate change.
Catholics can join the initiative as individuals. Or they can join as a parish, school or diocesan group, as a religious community or as an organization. By joining, individuals receive email alerts on topics of interest to them. These emails provide information, resources and ideas for specific activities. Additional resources and suggestions for action are also provided on the website.
To join Global Poverty Initiative, Catholics should click here.