Catholics differ at “war on poverty” hearing

WASHINGTON (RNS) At a House Budget committee hearing on Wednesday (July 31), the two prominent Catholics — Rep. Paul Ryan, R. Wis., and Sister Simone Campbell — had a chance to square off as the sister testified before Ryan’s committee about hardship in America as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty.”

Religious groups blast GOP budget proposal

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious groups are mobilizing against a proposed budget released Tuesday by House GOP leaders, saying it makes unfair cuts in social programs while lowering tax rates for wealthy Americans. By Annalisa Musarra.