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Sponsored by the Office for Peace and Justice’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development

CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2014) The Office for Peace and Justice invites students, grades seven through twelve, to take part in a multi-media youth competition, "Building Communities", as part of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The aim of the competition is to raise awareness and help end poverty. The contest is open to students who can paint, act, draw, or sing.

The competition is offered to middle and high school students in Lake and Cook counties. Both Catholic school and public school students are eligible to enter. Students are encouraged to create multi-media works in any form – videos, photos, PowerPoint presentations, paintings, drawings, dramas, poems, stories and songs. All media works should illustrate the theme and what contestants have learned about poverty, as well as the Two Feet of Love in Action campaign on social justice and charitable works, based on Pope Benedict XVI’s reflections in the encyclicals Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).

Chicago participants will have the chance to win prizes, attend and be honored at the 2014 CCHD Art Contest Awards Reception and the winning artwork will be featured in the CCHD Annual Report. Winners of each age group will also have the opportunity to compete nationally. The National Grand Prize Winner will be invited to receive their prize on the main stage at the 2015 National Catholic Youth Conference.

Competition rules, specific guidelines and resource packets for educators and youth can be found at the Office for Peace and Justice website: All entries must be sent to the office by March 1, 2014 along with a completed Entry Form.

For inquiries and more information, please contact the Office for Peace and Justice by calling 312-534-3894 or email Diana Krpan at

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