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The committee assists the bishops, both collectively and individually, in advancing the social mission of the Church, within a culturally diverse community, through education, poverty awareness, capacity- and constituency-building, outreach, policy development, advocacy, and the organization of low-income communities. The committee advises the bishops on issues of human dignity, development, and poverty.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility: Domestic policy and advocacy, Catholic social teaching education outreach to dioceses and Catholic social mission organizations, and the Church's domestic anti-poverty effort, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development—including the Campaign's grant making, poverty awareness initiatives, and resource development activities.
The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD) works with diocesan social justice offices throughout the country. JPHD has some resources available to provide these services, but usually work out ways to share costs of on-site consultations and training sessions with the local diocese. We offer a variety of written resources on specific policy positions, bishops'statements, and parish kits, as well as on-site training presentations and consultations on topics such as:
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