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March 27, 2014
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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development


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

    - Pope Francis

    Mission & Identity

    The Department of Justice, Peace and 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 invites the participation of all who desire to live the Gospel in solidarity with neighbors across the street and around the world.

    The work of JPHD is guided by the USCCB Committees on International Justice and Peace, Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.


    The director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development writes on the meaning of charity, fasting and Pope Francis in these weekly Lenten Reflections.

    Bishop Pates asks the U.S. Catholic community to pray and act in support of peace in the Holy Land this Lent, especially as Secretary of State John Kerry works to resolve the conflict there. Bishop Pates and the President of the USCCB have written President Obama to affirm his administration's leadership in reaching a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more and get involved by visiting our Israel-Palestine page.

    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.

    JPhd: Working on the margins in the united states

    Criminal Justice Reform
    In a letter to Congressional Judiciary leaders, Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to pass the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act will facilitate the reintegration of ex-offenders into society in a way that respects human dignity, builds community and promotes justice over vengeance.

    More United States Issues

    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
    33 leaders representing Jewish, Christian and Muslim national organizations have spoken to the importance of support from religious communities in achieving a two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. In a February 28 letter to Secretary of State Kerry, the leaders called a two-state peace agreement "the only realistic resolution of the conflict."

    Religious Freedom
    In a letter to Senate Judiciary leaders, Bishop Pates and Southern Baptist leadership urge the Senate to pass bill S. 653. This bill will create a Special Envoy to protect the rights of religious minorities abroad, including Christians.


    The USCCB is attentively following the situation in Ukraine. The President of the USCCB, Archbishop Kurtz, has issued a statement calling on Catholics to pray for a peaceful resolution of the crisis there.

    JPHD joins with Caritas Internationalis and Pope Francis in calling for an end to hunger by 2025. Get involved! | en Español.

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