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CCHD collection on World Day of the Poor

The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be held in the Diocese of Arlington the weekend of Nov. 17-18 to coincide with the second World Day of the Poor.

Nearly 40 million people live in poverty in the United States. This collection supports the work of groups that allow low-income people to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Projects supported by CCHD include expanding access to affordable housing, developing worker-owned businesses and protecting worker rights, and reforming the immigration system.

In his statement for this year’s celebration of the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis called on the faithful to “make tangible the church’s response to the cry of the poor, to experience this World Day as a privileged moment of new evangelization.”

“The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is one of the many ways that the Church hears the cry of the poor and recognizes their needs. This collection empowers low-income people to work to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, helping them to live life anew in dignity,” said Bishop David P. Talley, chairman of the CCHD Subcommittee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

CCHD is the official domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. This national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s community and economic development grants and education programs aimed at fostering hope in communities across the nation. Twenty-five percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018