Reuters and US News feature Jubilee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' joint letter to the Biden Administration for global debt relief. Read an excerpt below, and click here for the full story.
U.S. Catholic leaders urge Biden to lead drive for more aid to poor countries
By Andrea Shalal
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and an alliance of faith groups urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to back a big boost in the International Monetary Fund’s emergency reserve funds to help poor countries devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Biden, the governing body of the church said the United States should take urgent action to help the poorest countries on humanitarian grounds, but also to shore up its own economic interests and bolster trade with the developing world.
“The U.S. government is vital to ensuring the world emerges from this pandemic with greater resilience,” the groups wrote, citing a World Bank estimate that the pandemic would push as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty this year.
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