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USCCB Urges Congress to Reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to Congress in support of USCIRS, noting that The Catholic Church views protection of religious freedom as a “cornerstone of the structure of human rights” since it is rooted in the dignity of the human person.
Letter to Secretary Kerry Protesting Israeli Confiscation of
Cremisan Valley Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú writes to Secretary of State Kerry regarding the injustice being perpetrated in the Cremisan Valley near Bethlehem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as Israel works to build a separation wall.
Urge Congress to Foster Peace and Endorse P5+1 Negotiations with Iran
Please encourage Congress not to take any actions that could undermine the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Instead, in the words of Bishop Cantú, "urge Congress to endorse the result of these intense negotiations because the alternative leads toward armed conflict, an outcome of profound concern to the Church." Take Action Now!
Mass at Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki Japan on the 70th Anniversary of the Bombings
Bishop Oscar Cantú delivers a homily for a mass on peace and a world without nuclear weapons marking the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
Bishop Cantú Welcomes P5+1/Iran Nuclear Agreement
In a letter to Congress, Bishop Cantu welcomes the momentous agreement reached between the United States and its P5+1 partners with Iran. He calls the agreement a significant achievement which aims to curb Iran’s development of nuclear weapons while allowing them to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Support for Amendment to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Prohibiting the Use of Torture
In a letter to the Senate, Bishop Oscar Cantú expressed support for an amendment offered by Senators John McCain and Dianne Fienstein that would prohibit all U.S. government agencies and their agents from using torture as an interrogation technique.
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference
Writing to Secretary of State Kerry, Bishop Cantú urges that the United States do its part to ensure the success of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Review Conference.
"The New Evangelization calls on every baptized person to
be a peacemaker."
- Pope Francis
The Office of International Justice & Peace is part of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human
The Office assists the bishops in advancing the social mission of the Church, especially in its advocacy for policies that advance justice, defend human dignity and protect poor and vulnerable communities around the world.
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 │
U.S. 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.
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 Sudan
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.
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