Catholic News Service
Bishop Jaime Soto
Catholic News Service
Bishop Jaime Soto
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland last year gave more than $82,000 to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The national campaign uses 75 percent of the funds to support anti-poverty projects across the country. A quarter of the collection stays to help local programs that improve lives and neighborhoods.

The Catholic campaign helps projects that promote economic development and change systems that lead to poverty.

"With its focus on long-term solutions, CCHD's approach is an essential complement to the vital work of our Catholic schools, Catholic Charities agencies, pro-life activities, and other direct assistance to those in need," said a thank-you note to Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny from Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, chairman of the bishops' subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign.

The campaign recently went through a review; Bishop Soto says the process reaffirmed the campaign's "moral foundations," including priority for the poor and promotion of a culture of life.

This year's Catholic Campaign collection is set for Nov. 17-18.