Arts & Entertainment
Charlotte CSS head joins other agency leaders in D.C. to discuss poverty
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of the Diocese of Charlotte's Catholic Social Services agency, Dr. Gerard Carter, joined more than 150 Catholic Charities officials in meeting with President Barack Obama's Administration at the White House last week.
Catholic Charities USA hosted leaders from agencies across the country in Washington, D.C. Oct. 13 and 14. CCUSA is among the nation's largest human services and disaster response networks and a leading voice in the conversation about how to better serve the millions of Americans living in poverty.
"We are honored to bring the voice and urgency of the people that we serve each and every day to the White House," said Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA.
"One out of every six Americans is struggling to simply get by. It's clear the status quo is simply not working. We look forward to partnering with the White House to find solutions to improve the lives of millions of Americans while creating a more compassionate and just society."
On Friday, leaders from Catholic Charities agencies across the country participated in a policy briefing to exchange ideas on human services, housing, immigration and the economy.
Carter, executive director of Catholic Social Services for the Diocese of Charlotte, participated in the meeting at the White House.
"As one of the largest providers of direct services to those in poverty, it is essential that Catholic Charities agencies seek linkages across the public and private spheres to address the current poverty crisis," Carter said.
This meeting came on the heels of the release of Census bureau data showing historic numbers of Americans living in poverty and the re-introduction of The National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act, legislation developed by CCUSA to identify long-term solutions to the nation's poverty crisis.
"Catholic Charities USA is an incredible network of social service organizations that support our neighbors in need," said White House Director Jon Carson of the Office of Public Engagement.
"Having CCUSA leaders from around the country here at the White House for a day of discussion and collaboration is critical as we work towards our shared goals."
CCUSA held a roundtable discussion at the National Press Club about the principles needed to reform the safety net in an economically sustainable way that better addresses the needs of individuals on Thursday.
— Catholic News Herald
McLeansville artist sees his work as evangelizationGREENSBORO — One gift changed Paul Nixon's life. Today the McLeansville man is a working artist, with sculptures on display throughout Guilford County. His latest, a sculpture of the Lamb of God, was installed at St. Thomas More Church...
For the love of painting: Lifesize portrait painted of Monsignor MarcaccioGREENSBORO — Last month Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio, pastor of St. Pius X Church in Greensboro, was hung. On a wall. In the church. Last year, St. Pius X parishioners hired up-and-coming British artist Nancy Fletcher to paint a life-size...
Shroud of Turin broadcast set for Holy SaturdayDENVER — Pope Benedict XVI's decision to allow a TV broadcast of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, Holy Saturday, has been lauded by experts for highlighting the link between the shroud and the death and resurrection of Christ. "Pope Benedict...
A Catholic iPhone contract for teensHUNTERSVILLE — For many parents, giving their teenaged son or daughter a smartphone can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, cell phones are a reassuring tool in the event of an emergency. On the other hand, there are the dangers of texting...
'Passages' is a worthwhile journey to experienceCHARLOTTE — A recent advertisement in the Catholic News Herald caught my attention: part of the extensive Bible collection of the Green family (owners of Hobby Lobby) are on tour in Charlotte in an exhibit called "Passages." The display is...
Local Catholic author inspires young readers with stories of faithSAPPHIRE — Author Deanna Klingel has a lot of "loves" in her life; her faith, family, gardening, her glorious dogs and, thankfully for all her readers, she loves telling stories. Her books and short stories cover a wide range of time and...
Belmont pastor posts homilies online, on Twitter to evangelize'The connecting point to get them to the pews' BELMONT — On Sundays the Scriptures are read and a homily follows. Few of us, though, think about where that homily comes from or what it means to the person preaching. For Father Frank Cancro,...