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"The New Evangelization calls on every baptized person to
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- 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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