Catholic University of America – Catholic News Service

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After serving as a parish priest at the Assyrian Church of the East in Toronto, Ontario, Ashur Soro attended the Catholic University of America in 1991 where he received his MA in theology also Ashur Soro attended St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome, Italy, where he received a doctorate in sacred theology in 2000.

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Human Development Campaign Targets the Cycle of Poverty

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Ashur Soro serves as the vicar general and Titular Bishop of Foraziana at Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle, a California-based ministering establishment for Chaldean and Assyrian Catholics in the Western US. Additionally, Bishop Ashur Soro also maintains affiliation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which administers the Catholic Campaign for Human Rights Development.

The domestic anti-poverty program of the USCCB, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) focuses on carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ through services and assistance to the poor. It uses a collaborative approach to anti-poverty activities and operates on the concept that those affected by unjust systems and structures will offer the most promising insight toward change. Furthermore, the CCHD works to educate the general public on poverty and its causes.

CCDH works directly with people in low-income neighborhoods in order to break the cycle of poverty, and provides them with the agency to participate in the decisions affecting their lives, families, and communities. Funded groups offered by the program include the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, which targets various aspects and causes of poverty. An annual parish collection helps support the program’s continued services, in addition to donations from generous Catholics throughout the US.

For more information about the CCHD, visit