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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development



    Tell Your Senators to Insist on Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017
    Significant changes to the Senate healthcare bill are needed! Take action 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.

    Stand in Solidarity with Refugees
    Object to the Executive Order on refugees and express your support for the refugee program, which is safe for refugees and the communities that welcome them. Take action now.


    JPHD Launches New Small Grants Program to Foster Social Justice-Hispanic Ministry Collaboration
    To help diocesan social justice and Hispanic ministry staff build stronger relationships, the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development offices for Education & Outreach and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are pleased to announce a new small grants program.  In 2017, we will offer up to 20 grants of $1,000 each to "kick start" new collaboration, or strengthen existing collaboration, between social justice and Hispanic ministry staff at the diocesan level.  To help spark ideas, please see this handout on Hispanic ministry-social justice diocesan collaboration from JPHD and the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry. A bilingual handout is also available.

    Special Webinar for Social Justice and Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Staff
    The USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, in collaboration with the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry, held a special webinar on May 16 to help social justice and Hispanic ministry diocesan staff form or strengthen relationships in order to become aware of common interests, good work already happening, and potential areas for collaboration.  The webinar featured pairs of panelists from social justice and Hispanic ministry in the (arch)dioceses of Hartford, Orange, St. Cloud, and St. Petersburg. They shared examples of collaboration around formation of leaders, know-your-rights work, immigration and workers' rights advocacy, and the process of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.  Watch the recorded webinar.

    U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements
    The U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM) took place February 16-19, 2017, in Modesto, California. The convening brought together hundreds of faith and social justice leaders from various cultures and communities from across the U.S., along with grassroots leaders from other countries.  The Modesto meeting was the first U.S. Regional convening being organized in conjunction with three international world meetings that have taken place in Rome (in Oct. 2014 and Nov. 2016) and Bolivia (in Oct. 2015).

    Related Resources:
    Pope Francis' address to the 3rd World Meeting of Popular Movements in Rome, November 5, 2016 | En Español.
    Pope Francis' letter to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements | En Español.
    Welcome letter from Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (in English and in Spanish).
    Cardinal Tobin's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. Video of his address.
    Bishop McElroy's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.

    Reflect on Nonviolence with Pope Francis
    In his Message for the 50th World Day of Peace (Jan. 1), entitled "Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace," Pope Francis will urge families, faith communities, government leaders, and the international community to practice nonviolence and work to build a just peace. Gospel nonviolence is not passive; it entails active strategies such as peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and unarmed civilian protection. Seeking a just peace means preventing conflict by addressing its causes, building relationships, and facilitating healing and restoration. A two-page handout in English and Spanish and a link to the Holy Father's statement are on this page.


    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

    Preserve Important Gains in Health Care Coverage and Access
    In a January 18th letter to Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane urged members of Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to protect vulnerable Americans and preserve important gains in health care coverage and access. 

    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.

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    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    Fifty Year of Occupation Demands Action
    On January 18th, the Coordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land issued a statement calling for action in response to the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

    Joint Letter to Congress Regarding Fiscal Year 2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
    Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, write to Congress requesting that as they work to finalize the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations, they ensure ongoing U.S. leadership to help those living in situations of poverty, violence, and marginalization.

    Letter of Support for the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016

    In a letter to Congress, Bishop Oscar Cantú commends legislation that seeks to help those harmed by genocide.

    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.

    New Success Stories on WeAreSaltAndLight.org 

    Success stories on WeAreSaltAndLight.org show hopeful examples of how Catholics are praying, reaching out, learning and acting together. Here are a few that were recently profiled:

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