Catholic Social Ministry Gathering To Address Global Poverty

CRS Director of Communication, Elizabeth Griffin, reports from the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

Today is the first day of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., an annual event co-sponsored by 18 national Catholic organizations to share information and strategies on priority domestic and international issues.

The theme of this year’s Gathering is “Christ Our Hope: Healing a Broken World” which echoes the message of Pope Benedict’s pastoral visit to our nation last year. The Gathering brings together Catholic leaders from across the country to pray and learn, to advocate and strategize, to support one another at this important time of transition in Washington and our nation. The 400+ attendees will share ideas, learn and address key issues, and make connections to strengthen our social mission and message.

The morning has just begun and the energy here is already palpable. The list of keynote speakers on the agenda for today is as varied as the issues themselves. Because CRS is the official international development agency of the US Catholic community, our main focus area will the the International Plenary which begins at 10:15 this morning.

CRS President Ken Hackett and Bishop Howard Hubbard, the Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace at the USCCB, will announce the launch of a CRS-USCCB initiative that will urge Catholics across the country to help combat global poverty. It should prove to be an exciting morning.

– Elizabeth Griffin

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