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Cardinal O’Malley stresses work for the poor

Says US bishops must emphasize church programs

BALTIMORE — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said American bishops should do more to highlight the church’s work on poverty in response to Pope Francis’s call to Catholics to be “a church for the poor.”

O’Malley, in an interview Monday during the annual gathering of US bishops, said the church is often seen as more engaged in “culture war” issues such as abortion and gay marriage than in caring for the impoverished. That perception — which O’Malley said may be driven by those who want to distort the church’s image — must be corrected, he added.

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