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Catholics Confront Global Povertycalls on Catholics to defend the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world.
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.
Crisis in Iraq
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
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.
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