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 to other programs over the coming decade. We are carefully reviewing the particulars of the deal, and as soon as we have a better idea of how it may impact our brothers and sisters who are poor and marginalized, we will be sure to let you know.
Meanwhile terrible violence has broken out in the Central African Republic (CAR). Amid the chaos and insecurity, CRS is providing assistance to people affected by the conflict. During a recent CRS and USCCB-sponsored visit to the United States, Bishop Nestor-Desiré Nongo Aziagbia from the CAR testified before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee urging the United States to provide assistance to his war-torn country. Read more about it here.
Your prayers are needed now as known and rumored atrocities are on the rise. The fear is that the nation nears the brink of genocide on par with Rwanda of 20 years ago. Please stay tuned for more updates and a possible call to action.
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