Thursday, September 28, 2006


The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) committee on international policy is strongly urging the House of Representatives to pass key provisions in H.R. 6142, a bill that would help stimulate economic growth and combat poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.
In a letter sent to House representatives, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando (FL) calls particular attention to Part III of the resolution, the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act as a critical tool for helping Haiti’s struggling textile manufacturing industry.

“This important legislation is part of our moral imperative to care for the least among us and reflects the deep-rooted humanitarian concerns of the American people,” Bishop Wenski said. “It also offers a meaningful path for many vulnerable people in Haiti to become true partners in their own future.

“As Haiti continues to rebuild essential services, democratic institutions and effective law enforcement, those communities that know only daily violence and fear need meaningful opportunities to build a different future for themselves and their children,” Bishop Wenski added. “The HOPE Act contained in H.R. 6142 will offer important investment incentives for the one remaining sector that can offer employment opportunities for Haiti’s poor. These opportunities are vital in helping Haitians battle instability and build a hopeful future. They merit your full support.”

You can learn more here. Albany Catholic urges you to contact your representatives today.