Priests urged to preach about effects of poverty, job loss on families

WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging priests across the country to preach about "the terrible toll the current economic turmoil is taking on families and communities." In a letter to his fellow bishops, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he was writing at the recommendation of the Administrative Committee, which directs the work of the USCCB between general assemblies. The committee "wanted something more than a public statement," he said in the letter, dated Sept. 15 and made public Sept. 19.

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