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CURRENT ISSUE:  November 17, 2008
VOL. 46, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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BALTIMORE (CNS) — As the world economic crisis continues to unfold, the U.S. bishops issued a statement Nov. 11 reminding people that “we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We are all in this together.”

The brief statement issued by Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted that “hard times can isolate us or they can bring us together.”

It was drafted during the USCCB’s annual fall meeting at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel and approved by the body of bishops in a voice vote as a statement from Cardinal George on their behalf.

“As pastors and bishops, we see the many human and moral consequences of this crisis,” the statement said.

Though the impact of the crisis is greater in some regions of the country, families all across the nation are losing their homes, workers are losing their jobs and health care coverage, retirement savings are threatened and people are losing the sense of hope and security, it continued.

But the Church will continue to “reach out to those in need, stand with those who are hurt, and work for policies that bring greater compassion, accountability and justice to economic life,” the statement said.

It noted that Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the 2008 World Day of Peace said families need to have “a home, employment and a just recognition of the domestic activity of parents, the possibility of schooling for children and basic health care for all.”

The pope, it said, “also insists that society and public policy should be ‘committed to assisting the family in these areas.’”

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