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July 9, 2009

Media Contacts:

Steve Krueger
Ph: 617-817-8617

Two Members of Congress to Speak on Catholic Democrats Press Conference Call
on Obama's Meeting with Pope
Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Conference call will also cover Pope's Encyclical,
Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)

Today, Thursday, July 9, 2009, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT
WHATCatholic Democrats will hold a press teleconference to discuss the meeting between President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI to take place at the Vatican on Friday, July 10th.  The meeting provides an historic opportunity to address immense challenges affecting the global community.

The meeting occurs three days after long awaited social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) was issued.  This document - an authoritative letter from the pope that becomes part of the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching - focuses on the injustices in the global economy.  It is a significant basis for the meeting, given the global economic crisis and a recent United Nations report that world hunger is at record levels.  The encyclical calls for a 'Christian humanism' for the global economy that will serve the 'common good'.

U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Jim McGovern will discuss the role of faith in their own lives as public officials as well as offer insight on:
  • How Catholic sensibilities of the Catholic Democratic members of Congress have affected their legislative agendas;
  • How an encyclical that calls us to rethink the injustices of our global economic system, particularly in how it serves the poor, may impact the legislative agenda of the 111th Congress including national health care and poverty issues;
  • How the meeting between the president and the pope can impact some of the fundamental human rights issues including global hunger;
Dr. Patrick Whelan, president of Catholic Democrats, will be calling in from Vatican City where he is staying this this week.  He will discuss the opportunity presented by the meeting because of the personalities and make-up of the men and the circumstances they find themselves in today.

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
Member, Budget Committee
Member, Appropriations Committee
Chairwoman of the Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee
Member, Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee
Member, Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee
The Honorable Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee
Member, Budget Committee
Co-Chair, House Hunger Caucus
Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Dr. Patrick Whelan, President, Catholic Democrats (calling in from Rome)
Steve Krueger, National Director, Catholic Democrats

Conference Call Press Conference
Call in phone number: 800-862-9098
Conference Title:  Pope Greets Hope
Conference ID:  CathDems

Thursday, July 9th
1:30 p.m., EDT
About Catholic Democrats
Catholic Democrats is an association of state based groups representing a Catholic voice within the Democratic Party, and advancing a public understanding of the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and its potential to help solve the broad range of problems confronting all Americans. For more information about Catholic Democrats please go to

To schedule an interview with Catholic Democrats please contact Steve Krueger at or by phone at 617-817-8617.

To Schedule an interview with Representative Rosa DeLauro, please contact Adriana Surfas, at or by phone at 202-225-3661.

To Schedule an interview with Representative Jim McGovern, please contact Michael Mershon, at or by phone at 202-225-6101.

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