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Bishop Richard J. Malone (center) speaks about economic justice during Wednesday's press conference, which included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (far left) and Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin (far right). (Patrick J. Buechi) 

Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of excitement over the new economic developments and community revivals in Buffalo. Canalside, the nearby HarborCenter, Larkinville and the Buffalo medical corridor have seen lots of new construction, businesses and people come to the city.

But there is also growing criticism that Buffalo’s revival has, thus far, been limited to those areas and hasn’t helped the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic diocese and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal diocese have been working together for the past year to advocate opening up these economic opportunities to the entire city and its residents.

“One day (Bishop Franklin and I) were having a casual conversation, celebrating the good things that are happening now that we see,” Bishop Malone said. “But then, we immediately turned to the fact that we have to remember that not everybody who lives in this community feels caught up in this hope. We have to make sure that everybody, people of color and other ethnic backgrounds in particular, are able to be involved. That doesn’t mean just offering jobs, but also finding ways to help these folks become capable of applying for these jobs, maybe with some training. We need to work together to make sure Buffalo is truly the inclusive community it ought to be, and I think it’s happening.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and many other religious leaders joined the cause, as Brown announced the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge in a press conference outside City Hall Wednesday morning.

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A special collection to support the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland will be conducted in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo during the month of August.

The dioceses in Poland use the funds to cover the expenses of leadership preparation for their priests studying at the Pontifical College and the Pontifical Institute in Rome since the annual cost of providing this formation more than $300,000.

Since 1943, the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland has appealed for aid to the Church in Poland. Without the assistance of the Catholic League, it would be impossible to maintain these institutions and to provide for the higher education of Polish priests as well as offer assistance to diocesan bishops seeking help for Polish hospitals, orphanages and parishes. 

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"Consider this ... What makes a good parish?"
Friday, July 24, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

What makes a good parish?

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Archbishop Lucas applauds congressional action to reauthorize Elementary Secondary Education Act
Friday, July 17, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, applauded recent action by the Senate and the House to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary and Education Act (ESEA). The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), July 16. The House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (HR 5), July 8. Both bills contain significant improvements for providing equitable services for students and teachers in religious, private and independent schools.

“This is wonderful news and a testament to what can be achieved when we put the needs of children first,” Archbishop Lucas said. “The members of Congress, by passing legislation to reauthorize ESEA have put us one step closer towards restoring equity and ensuring that all children are afforded the educational services, benefits and opportunity our government has to offer, regardless of the type of school they attend.”

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