Catholics giving more to church in N. KY.

COVINGTON, KY (AP) - Catholics in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are giving more to an annual fund drive than they have in almost a decade.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that church officials attribute the increase to members recognizing that the need is greater in the tough economy and to the church's vocal opposition to the national health care reform law.

Collections are expected to hit $3 million in Covington by December and $4.2 million in Cincinnati.

That would be the highest amount for each since 2003.

The church doesn't usually give an explanation for monetary gifts, but the officials at the Diocese of Covington and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati both said they have received letters and calls with donations that express support for the church's stance on health care reform.

___ Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer

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