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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development



    Support Trade and Travel with Cuba
    Urge Congress to lift the Cuban embargo and reject attempts to re-impose barriers to U.S./Cuban engagement. Take Action Now!

    Urge Congress to Reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
    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. Tell Congress to Reauthorize USCIRF! 

    We need politicians "genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor!"
    Call your members of Congress and urge them to protect antipoverty programs.

    Tell Congress to press Israel to stop confiscation of Christian lands in Cremisan Valley
    As the wall moves and constricts more and more communities in the West Bank, the possibility of a future two-state resolution becomes less likely, putting both Palestinians and Israeli citizens at risk. Take Action Now!


    Background on Global Climate Change
    The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the debate about climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

    A Peace Economy: Rebalancing Spending Priorities
    The priorities of federal spending--where the dollars actually go, and how many--has received much less attention, so the real imbalance that exists in the federal discretionary budget is unknown to many.

    Anti-Poverty Programs and the Federal Budget
    The federal budget includes powerful and effective life-saving antipoverty programs that protect vulnerable people and families as well. Learn how the Church is fighting poverty and promoting peace in our families, communities, and common home.

    Background on Criminal Justice
    U.S. Bishops call for reform of the criminal justice system to promote the common good, help restore a sense of community, promote rehabilitation and resist the violence that too often en-gulfs much of our culture.

    Background on Predatory Banking & Payday Lending
    Learn more about predatory banking and payday lending and what the Church is doing to combat their devastating effects.

    2015 Labor Day Statement
    In this year's Labor Day Statement (en Español), Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski reflects on how dignified work with a living wage is critical to helping our families and our greater society thrive.

    Jubilee Year of Mercy
    The Jubilee Year of Mercy is Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016.  This two page handout offers a brief reflection on the Year, as well as ideas for prayer and action. For more materials on the Year, visit the Year of Mercy homepage.

    Church Teaching on Environmental Stewardship
    On June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter "Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home."  Find resources on the topic and read what the U.S. bishops and previous popes have written about our environment.


    Mission & Identity

    "The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice."

    - Pope Benedict XVI
    The Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development (JPHD) promotes awareness of Catholic social teaching and opportunities to live the Baptismal call to love God and neighbor.

    Efforts include the anti-poverty mission of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, as well as advocacy in support of poor and vulnerable persons and communities, in the U.S. and abroad.

    Pope Francis accepts a hug from a girl as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)JPHD's work is guided by the Committees on International Justice and Peace, Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

    JPhd: Working on the margins in the united states

    Protecting Food Aid, Conservation and Rural Development
    The USCCB, 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 domestic and international food aid, as well as conservation and rural development programs.

    Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Climate Change and Carbon Pollution
    Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have written the Environmental Protection Agency
    on the importance of protecting Creation and the health of poor and vulnerable communities by setting a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million to support environmental justice. Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice.

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    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    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 Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo request robust funding to address global poverty.

    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.

    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 Cantú urges them to intervene with the Israeli government regarding their ongoing efforts to construct a barrier in the Cremisan Valley.

    More International Issues


    Pope Francis' Social Teaching
    These quotes from Pope Francis are a sample of his teaching on poverty, economic justice, care for creation, human rights and other issues. | en Español

    Learn more about God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with our new resources.

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