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    International Justice and Peace

     

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    Pain. Injustice. Brokenness. Hope. Love. Faith. Wisdom
    . ToGoForth.org will confront the issues of the day with the insights of the Catholic social teaching tradition, human stories and the perspective of the bishops of the United States. You can join the dialogue on Twitter @togoforth.

    Ebola Outbreak
    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
    News Release
    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.

    Crisis in Iraq
    Archbishop Kurtz has written to President Obama
    : Plight of Religious Minorities in Iraq Requires Increased Support

    Bishop Pates has written National Security Advisor Rice to raise the urge concerns of the bishops of Iraq and urge humanitarian assistance for Christians and other religious minorities there.

    Central America
    Returning from a solidarity trip to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Bishop Pates recently wrote to Secretary Kerry to emphasize the need for integral development in the region over militarized assistance. He also raised concerns over trade policy and the extractive mining in those countries.

    "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

    Africa
    Letter to Ambassador Feingold Regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 16, 2014

    Crisis in Gaza and Israel
    Statement Issued by National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI)
    On the Ceasefire in Gaza and the Need to Renew Negotiations for a Two-State  Peace Agreement, August 14, 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.

    Landmines
    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.

    Iran
    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.
    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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