For Immediate Release December 6, 2013

Contact: Patricia Cole pcole@catholiccharitiesusa.org 703-236-6218

Catholic Charities Network Joins in Mourning Loss of “An Example to Us All” Nelson Mandela Remembered as Leader in Fight for Justice and Equality Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA joins with all people of good will in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, a global icon in the fight for racial equality and justice. “Mandela’s belief in the power of the human spirit and the dignity of every person, regardless of the color of their skin, was an example to us all,” said Fr. Larry Snyder, President of CCUSA. “His long walk to freedom and work as a global statesman for human rights are reminders of the power of perseverance and truth. “His actions, and his words, will always be remembered by those working to advance a future in which racial barriers are left firmly in the past, and his leadership and moral authority will be sorely missed. We remember his family, his nation of South Africa, and the lives of all he touched in our prayers.”

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Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org ###

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