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    International Justice and Peace


    Happening Now

    News Release: USCCB President, Archbishop Kurtz, calls for a special collection for victims of  violence in the Middle East Español

    Statement Issued by National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI)
    Leaders of American Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious organizations, united in the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI), issue a statement welcoming the ceasefire agreement of Israel and Hamas, and the negotiations to make it permanent.

    Archbishop Kurtz Joins Pope Francis in Calling for Prayers, Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

    In a letter [news release] to U.S. bishops, Archbishop Kurtz urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis. Central America
    In a letter to Secretary of State Kerry, Bishop Pates discussed a recent solidarity trip to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and asked for consideration of concerns related to the root causes of migration.

    Crisis in Gaza and Israel
    Bishop Pates wrote to Secretary of State Kerry to urge the support for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza. He urged Secretary Kerry to reengage in the difficult, but essential, work of building a just and lasting peace. 

    Letter to Congress on the Israel-Gaza Conflict
    In a joint letter to Congress, Bishop Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo urged support of an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for Gaza as well as for support of a just and lasting peace.International Religious Freedom
    Bishop Pates calls on the House and Senate to support the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Reauthorization Act of 2014.

    Crisis in Iraq
    Bishop Pates Asks Bishops, Parishes to Offer Special Prayer on August 17 for Peace in IraqIn English, Spanish and Vietnamese

    Bishop Pates wrote to National Security Advisor Rice urging humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq as well as diplomacy to encourage the formation of an inclusive government there.  Bishop Pates wrote again to Dr. Rice regarding violence against Christians in Iraq.

    Joint Statement with Iranian Religious Leadership
    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.

    "The New Evangelization calls on every baptized person to be a peacemaker."

    - Pope Francis

    Mission & Identity

    The Office of International Justice & Peace is part of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

    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.


    IJP: Working on the Margins

    Israel and Palestine
    Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations
    National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
    Bishop Richard E. Pates and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, May 20, 2014

    International Assistance
    Letter to Senate on Cargo Preference Regarding U.S. Flagged Ships
    Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, May 28, 2014

    Torture and CIA Interrogation Practices
    Bishop Pates applauds the U.S. Senators urging declassification of Intelligence Committee information on torture, a serious debasement of human dignity.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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