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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.


    Earth Day takes place on April 22. The bishops of the United States have been on the front lines of promoting environmental justice and respect for Creation. Take a look at our Environmental Justice Program!

    A reform of the United States criminal justice system is long overdue. Sentencing practices are costly, ineffective and display patent disparities. Archbishop Wenski asks Congress to support the Smarter Sentencing Act, a modest first step in reforming broken sentencing policies.

    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

    International Assistance
    Bishop Pates and Catholic Relief Services ask Congress to give priority attention to funding international assistance in the 2015 federal budget. International assistance supports those suffering natural disasters, food crises and migrants and refugees.

    Torture and CIA Interrogation Practices
    Bishop Pates applauds the U.S. Senators urging declassification of Intelligence Committee information on torture.


    The President of the USCCB, Archbishop Kurtz, has issued a statement calling on Catholics to pray for a peaceful resolution of the crisis there.

    More International Issues

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