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Middle East

 

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Letter to National Security Advisor Rice Regarding Violence Against Iraqi Christians
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 25, 2014

Joint Letter to Congress on Israel-Gaza Conflict
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, July 23, 2014

Letter to Calling for Prayer, Action for Peace / Press Release
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, July 22, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Crisis in Gaza and Israel
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 20, 2014

Letter to National Security Advisor on Iraq
Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 19, 2014

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, May 20, 2014

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
The President of the USCCB, Archbishop Kurtz, and Bishop Pates have written President Obama to affirm his administration’s efforts to reach a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In their letter, they reiterate the USCCB’s longstanding commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict as well as support of U.S. leadership for peace. They also mention their efforts to urge the U.S. Catholic community to pray and act in support of peace in the region.
March 12, 2014

Letter to Senate regarding Bill to Establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 4, 2013

Joint Letter to Senators Coburn and Lee on establishing a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia
March 4, 2014


Additional Documents, Letters, and Resources

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Bishop Denis J. Madden, February 28, 2014

Background on the Middle East
January 2014

Bishops Urge Action on Confiscation of Cremisan Valley Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 28, 2014

Communiqué of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 15, 2014

Letter to Congressional Leaders on Negotiations with Iran
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 6, 2014

Statement on Syria
USCCB Administrative Committee, September 10, 2013

Letter to Congress on Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 4, 2013

Letter to President Obama Regarding Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 4, 2013

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Choose Dialogue and Diplomacy in Syria!
September 3, 2013

U.S. Catholic Urged to Join Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 3, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, August 29, 2013

Interreligious Leaders to Secretary Kerry and Congress on Middle East Peace
Cardinal McCarrick, Bishop Pates, and Bishop Madden, July 26, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Nuclear Disarmament and on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 25, 2013

Joint Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, June 19, 2013

Letter Commending Secretary Kerry on Holy Land Initiative
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 21, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Cremisan Valley in the Holy Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 6, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Prays for Return of Orthodox Archbishops Kidnapped in Syria
April 26, 2013

Letter to National Security Advisor on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 29, 2013

Letter to Representatives Wolf and Eshoo in Support of H.R. 301
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 15, 2013

Background on the Middle East
February 2013

Interreligious Leaders' Statement:  Twilight of Hope for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Bishop Richard Pates, Bishop Denis Madden, January 2013

Communique of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, January 10, 2013

Letter to President Obama Regarding Israel and Palestine
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard Pates, January 9, 2013

Letter to President on Peace in the Middle East
Christian leaders, including Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 7, 2013

Letter to National Security Advisor on Iran
Bishop Richard E. Pates, December 18, 2012

Letter to Congress on Palestinian Assistance and UN Vote
Bishop Richard E. Pates, December 3, 2012

Letter to National Security Advisor on Gaza and Southern Israel
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 20, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Israel and Palestine
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 8, 2012

Letter to Patriarch Twal on Anti-Christian Incident at Monastery
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard Pates, September 7, 2012

Statement on Anti-Christian Incident at Monastery Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land
September 4, 2012

Letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee on Protecting Religious Minorities in the Arab World
Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 4, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 13, 2012

Letter to National Security Advisor on Syria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 13, 2012

Statement on Peace in the Middle East
USCCB Administrative Committee, March 14, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Iran
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 2, 2012

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East Statement on Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace
March 1, 2012

Communiqué of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, January 12, 2012

Response from His Beatitude Fouad Twal to Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Pates
His Beatitude Fouad Twal, December 23, 2011

Letter to His Beatitude Fouad Twal Regarding Suffering of Christians in the Middle East
Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Bishop Richard Pates, December 22, 2011

Ecumenical Letter to President on Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, June 27, 2011

Religious Leaders Urge Strong U.S. Leadership for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Howard Hubbard, May 20, 2011

Religious Leaders Urge President to Pursue Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Howard Hubbard, April 14, 2011

Letter to National Security Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, April 6, 2011



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