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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development



    Urge your Representative to bring criminal justice reform to a vote!
    While Congress is on recess this August, urge your Representative to take action on criminal justice reform and vote to pass the Sentencing Reform Act, the Corrections and Recidivism Reduction Act, and the Second Chance Reauthorization Act when Congress returns to Washington, DC, in September. Write your Representative now!

    Tell Congress to press Israel to stop confiscation of Christian lands in Cremisan Valley
    As the wall moves and constricts more and more communities in the West Bank, the possibility of a future two-state resolution becomes less likely, putting both Palestinians and Israeli citizens at risk. Take action now.


    The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response
    The Census Bureau has released its updated statistics on income and poverty. Understanding and utilizing this data help guide our advocacy efforts and improve our educational outreach. Watch the webinar that discusses the statistics and what it all means for people struggling to make ends meet. You can also view the slideshow.

    Statement on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantú
    September 1, 2016

    Faith For Just Lending Calls for End of Predatory Payday Loans

    A non-partisan group of religious leaders, practitioners, and social service providers, working together to end the debt trap caused by predatory payday loan, write to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray to provide feedback on the Bureau's proposed rule to regulate payday lending.

    World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1)
    This annual day, established by Pope Francis in 2015, is an opportunity to pray, reflect and act to care for God's creation. Numerous resources for this day are available on the USCCB environmental justice page and the WeAreSaltAndLight.org Laudato Si' page, including prayers, discussion guides, individual action steps, and more.

    2016 Labor Day Statement | En Español
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
    September 5, 2016

    Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities (Sept. 9)
    In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, of Atlanta, will chair a new special task force on building peace in communities and healing racial tensions.
    We encourage Catholics around the country to gather on or around Sept. 9 to pray, reflect, and discern action steps. To help you, the USCCB racism page offers many resources, including a video, bishops' statements, prayer and liturgy resources, teaching materials, articles and more. The WeAreSaltAndLight.org diversity and racial justice page includes additional resources.

    Racial Justice Google Hangout (Sept. 14)
    Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern for the third WeAreSaltAndLight.org Google hangout.  We will facilitate a conversation between representatives from three Catholic faith communities who are praying, reaching out, learning and acting for peace and racial justice.  You can contribute to the conversation by participating in the YouTube Live event

    Call to Support Legislation Reforming Mental Health Care
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski encouraged continued legislative prioritization of mental health care that embraces every human person as valued and filled with inherent dignity.

    Jubilee Year of Mercy
    The Jubilee Year of Mercy is Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016.  This two page handout (en Español) offers a brief reflection on the Year, as well as ideas for prayer and action. For more materials on the Year, visit the Year of Mercy homepage.


    Mission & Identity

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

    - Pope Benedict XVI
    The Department of Justice, Peace & 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's work is guided by the Committees on International Justice and Peace, Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

    JPhd: Working on the margins in the united states

    Protecting Food Aid, Conservation and Rural Development
    The USCCB, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, in a joint letter to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, urge Congress to resist cuts to domestic and international food aid, as well as conservation and rural development programs.

    Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Climate Change and Carbon Pollution
    Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have written the Environmental Protection Agency
    on the importance of protecting Creation and the health of poor and vulnerable communities by setting a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million to support environmental justice. Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice.

     More United States Issues

    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    Funding for International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
    In a letter to the Senate and House Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Bishop Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo request robust funding to address global poverty.

    In Response to the Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya
    Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Cantú write to President Obama and to Congressional leaders concerning religious freedom violations in the Middle East and the Authorization for Use of Military Force currently pending before Congress.

    Bishop Cantú writes to Congress Regarding the Cremisan Valley
    In a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bishop Cantú urges them to intervene with the Israeli government regarding their ongoing efforts to construct a barrier in the Cremisan Valley.

    More International Issues


    Pope Francis' Social Teaching
    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

    Learn more about God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with our new resources.

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