IJP: Working on the Margins
The Use of Armed Drones in Targeted Killings
In a letter to National Security Advisor Susan Rice
, Bishop Cantú offers for consideration a policy framework on the use of armed drones in targeted killings.End Extreme Poverty Now: Working Together with the Poor
was held on April 28, 2015 at The Catholic University of
America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies featuring keynotes by two leading poverty experts: His
Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent
Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Mr. Alex Thier,
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, U.S.
Agency for International Development. International Religious Freedom Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú urges the U.S. House of Representatives
to support and pass the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act
of 2015 as an important first step in improving the ability of our
nation to advance religious freedom globally.Iran
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to Secretary of State Kerry
and to Congress
welcoming the adoption of a framework by the Unites States and its P5+1 partners with Iran over Iran's nuclear program.
In a letter
to congressional leaders, Bishop Cantú urges support for the United
States and its P5 + 1 partners in their ongoing dialogue with Iran over
its nuclear program.Extractives Industry
Bishop CantúI writes to express solidarity
with and support for the Consejo
Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM) in its petition for a hearing before
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the human
rights implications of extractive industries in that region.
Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable in the FY 2016 Appropriations Bill
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, in a joint letter
to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, urge Congress to
resist cuts to both domestic and international food aid, as well as
conservation and rural development programs.
In written testimony
Bishop Cantú urges the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State,
Foreign Operations and Related Programs to preserve funding for
international poverty-reducing humanitarian and development accounts
that address factors that cause or exacerbate poverty such as health,
infrastructure, armed conflict, and forced migration.Religious Persecution
Before the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the Committee on Appropriations, Bishop Oscar Cantú testifies
on religious persecution with a focus on the Middle East.Funding for International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
In a letter to the Senate and House Subcommittees
on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Bishop Oscar Cantú
and Dr. Carolyn Woo request robust funding to address global poverty.Federal Budget Resolution for FY2016
In a letter to Congress
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú address the moral
and human dimensions of the federal budget and urge protection of
programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.In Response to the Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya
Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Cantú write to President Obama and to Congressional Leaders
Concerning Religious Freedom Violations in the Middle East and the
Authorization for Use of Military Force currently pending before
Congress.National Interreligious Leadership Inititiative for Peace in the Middle East Writes to President Obama
In a letter
to President Obama
, religious leaders urge the United States, in
coordination with the Quartet, to present a framework for negotiating a
two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.Torture
In an interview with Vatican Radio
, Bishop Oscar Cantú states
that intelligence-gathering techniques outlined in the Senate report violate basic moral principals.
Bishop Cantú writes to Congress Regarding the Cremisan Valley
In a letter
to the Chairs and Ranking Members
of the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bishop Oscar Cantú
urges them to intervene with the Israeli government regarding their
ongoing efforts to construct a barrier in the Cremisan Valley.
Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú joined the annual meeting of bishops in the Holy Land and participated in the drafting of a statement calling for human dignity as the basis of peace.
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to congressional leaders
of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on
Foreign Affairs to express support for the changes to the U.S. trade
and travel embargo against Cuba announced by President Obama.
News Release: Bishop Cantú welcomes release of
Alan Gross and change to U.S. policy toward Cuba.
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure regarding the expedited transfer of cleared detainees.
Letter to Ambassador of Israel to the United States
Bishop Cantú writes
to Ambassador Dermer to offer condolences and to condemn the terrible
murders and malicious injuring of worshippers at prayer in the synagogue
in Har Nof, Jerusalem. He writes that innocent civilians should never
be the direct targets of violent attacks and houses of worship ought to
be respected as sacred sanctuaries.
Bishop Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, write to congressional leaders asking them to support proven efforts and responses in the fight against ebola.
In a letter to the National Security Council,
Bishop Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services
have welcomed the expanded response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus
in West Africa.
U.S. Bishops Affirm Power of Prayer for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Following Pilgrimage to Holy Land │
bishops affirmed that prayer is powerful, peace is possible and that
support for a two-state solution is an essential dimension of pursuing
Israeli-Palestinian peace in a September 22 communique, following a Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land.
In a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Bishop Pates expresses concern over the expanding U.S. budget for nuclear weapons.
Letter to U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Regarding
Pastoral Message of Hope from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of South
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 22, 2014
Letter to Ambassador Feingold Regarding the Democratic Republic of the CongoBishop Richard E. Pates, October 16, 2014Central America
Returning from a solidarity trip to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Bishop Pates recently wrote to Secretary Kerry
to emphasize the need for integral development in the region over
militarized assistance. He also raised concerns over trade policy and
the extractive mining in those countries.Crisis in Gaza and IsraelStatement Issued by National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI)On the Ceasefire in Gaza and the Need to Renew Negotiations for a Two-State Peace Agreement, August 14, 2014
International AssistanceLetter to Senate on Cargo Preference Regarding U.S. Flagged Ships
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, May 28, 2014Iran
Shia religious leaders in Iran and bishops of the USCCB have signed a joint declaration
affirming their commitment to peaceful coexistence and condemning the use of indiscriminate weapons.
In a letter to Congressional leadership
Bishop Pates encourages Congress to pursue the path of engagement and
negotiation with Iran in order to reach a resolution to concerns over
Iran's nuclear program.Crisis in Iraq
Archbishop Kurtz has written to President Obama
: Plight of Religious Minorities in Iraq Requires Increased Support
Bishop Pates has written National Security Advisor Rice
to raise the urge concerns of the bishops of Iraq and urge humanitarian
assistance for Christians and other religious minorities there.
In a letter to National Security Advisor Rice,
Bishop Pates urges the Administration to exercise leadership by signing
and ratifying the Mine Ban Treaty. The Church calls for a ban on
landmines, which cause indiscriminate, irreparable and long-term harm.
Conflict in South SudanTorture and CIA Interrogation Practices
The USCCB is following the crisis affecting the people of South Sudan. On February 19, Bishop Pates wrote a
letter of solidarity to the Church in Sudan. He also sent a letter to National Security Advisor Rice to encourage U.S. support for civil society, churches and a free press in South Sudan as they work to rebuild there.
In an interview with Vatican Radio
, Bishop Oscar Cantú states
that intelligence-gathering techniques outlined in the Senate report violate basic moral principals.Bishop Pates applauds
the U.S. Senators urging declassification of Intelligence Committee
information on torture, a serious debasement of human dignity.
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