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Catholic education has played an important role in lifting many from poverty to a more hopeful future. This mission is in danger as a result of the economic devastation facing many families across the country. Abrupt unemployment and lost income has meant that families suddenly find themselves unable to make the tuition payments that sustain our schools.

Additionally, our parishes which normally provide financial support to the schools to keep tuition within financial reach for families have lost their Sunday collections with the halt to the public celebration of Masses.

Please take a moment to contact your Members of Congress to ask for emergency aid to Catholic schools and our families in the next Covid-19 Legislation package. Our requests include: equitable access to K12 federal funds for Catholic schools, direct funding to families for tuition aid and tax breaks for K12 tuition payments.

We encourage you to add your own personal story in the message as well.

Catholic schools urgently need help in this time of uncertainty. By speaking with one voice, we can amplify this problem with Congress and provide help for our families.

Here is the link to take action -- and please share this with anyone who also wants to help support Catholic Schools.
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Support COVID-19 Relief for Immigrants

As Congress begins its work on the next COVID-19 Relief Package, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Justice for Immigrants Campaign (JFI) are urging that particular attention be paid to those who received no assistance in previous relief packages.

Undocumented immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have been hit especially hard in this pandemic and are in urgent need of aid.

Please contact Members of Congress and urge them to provide appropriate medical, employment, income, and other assistance, so that those who were previously left out may experience safety and care as befits all God's children.

Learn more about COVID-19 impact on refugees and immigrants on the JFI COVID-19 Resource Page.

To send a message, use the USCCB Action Alert, which identifies six priorities for refugee and immigrant relief.

Thank you for upholding the God-given dignity of every human being and the common good!
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There is absolutely no reason why a vaccine for COVID-19 should be connected to abortion. But that is exactly what may happen in the coming months.

Among the dozens of vaccines currently in development, some are being produced using old cell lines that were created from the cells of aborted babies.
 
There is NO NEED to further exploit the bodies of aborted children.
 
Other cell lines or processes that do not involve cells from abortions are available!
 
In fact, they are regularly used for producing vaccines and are being used by some drug companies to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
 
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) along with leaders of many healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, is urging the Trump Administration to make sure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion.

Background
The coalition letter expresses strong support for efforts to develop an effective, safe, and widely available vaccine as quickly as possible, but also strongly urges the federal government to “ensure that fundamental moral principles are followed in the development of such vaccines, most importantly, the principle that human life is sacred and should never be exploited.”

Use this link to take action.
 
To view all of the signatories and to read the full text of the letter, click here.
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Hunger is criminal, food is
an inalienable right. – Pope Francis

Families are struggling to put food on the table during this time of economic crisis. Churches and charities are working overtime to meet this rising need, but more must be done. SNAP effectively addresses hunger by delivering resources directly to low-income households to help families keep food on the table. It’s also a proven tool to boost the economy - every dollar spent on SNAP generates between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity. Congress has the opportunity to protect those who are most vulnerable by strengthening SNAP for the duration of the economic crisis.

Tell Congress to prioritize SNAP in the next COVID-19 relief bill by:
- Increasing the maximum SNAP benefit amount by 15%
- Increasing the minimum SNAP benefit amount, which is currently only $16
- Suspending all SNAP rule changes that limit eligibility and benefits

Use this link to act. Please personalize your message - consider sharing stories or information about food insecurity in your community.
What We Do

The North Dakota Catholic Conference acts on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of North Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic social doctrine.
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