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Forget Not the Poor: Interfaith Conference on Poverty

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Read Bishop Denis Madden’s reflections on the presentations (as prepared for delivery)

For videos from the event, view below:





The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America hosted a symposium on poverty Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2-5 p.m. at Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall. The event, “Forget Not the Poor: An Interfaith Conference on Poverty,” was co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.

The event was noteworthy not only for bringing Catholic and Jewish groups together, but because it was the brainchild of former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Thomas Melady, one of the national co-chairs of “Catholics for Romney” and Professor Stephen Schneck, one of the national co-chairs of “Catholics for Obama.” The symposium featured Kathy Saile, Director of the USCCB’s Office of Domestic Social Development and Rabbi Sid Schwartz, both experts on anti-poverty policy.Additionally, Bishop Denis Madden, head of the USCCB Committee on Inter-religious Dialogue, spoke alongside Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman. Brian Banks of the National Capitol Area Food Bank and Audrey Lyon, Executive Director of Yachad, a Jewish anti-poverty program, discussed ways people can help fight poverty in the DC area.