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Advocacy for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

 

The USCCB has an active history of engaging our political leaders to work for a just peace in the Holy Land and to promote the rights of minorities, especially the vulnerable Christian minority.  These documents represent the Conference's public actions on the situation in the Holy Land.  

Communiqué: Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
September 22, 2014

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Welcome Gaza Ceasefire, Call for Peace
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Bishop Denis J. Madden, August 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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 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

Catholic Campaign for Peace in the Holy Land
Website of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East

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 Secretary of State Clinton on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 13, 2012Statement on Peace in the Middle East
USCCB Administrative Committee, March 14, 2012

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

Background on the Holy Land
February 2012

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

Religious Leaders Urge Strong U.S. Leadership for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East,
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Howard Hubbard, May 20, 2011

Religious Leaders Urge President to Pursue Israeli-Palestinian Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East,

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Howard Hubbard, April 14, 2011 

Interreligious Statement: New Hope for the Peace of Jerusalem
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, September 29, 2010

Ecumenical Letter Supporting U.S. Leadership for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, April 5, 2010

The Courage to Achieve Peace in the Holy Land
Communiqué of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land, January 14, 2010

NILI Delegation Trip Report
December 30, 2009

Letter in Support of a Comprehensive Middle East Peace
Bishop Howard Hubbard, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, September 22, 2009

Ecumenical Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Sheikh Jarrah Evictions
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, Churches for Middle East Peace, August 7, 2009

Action Alert - Support Bold Action for Peace in the Holy Land
June 9, 2009

Ecumenical Letter to President Obama on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 4, 2009

Letter to President Obama on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, May 17, 2009

Letter to President Obama on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, January 27, 2009

Communiqué: Stop the Violence, Start Building Peace
Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land, January 15, 2009

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on Gaza Violence
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 30, 2008

Window of Hope for the Peace of Jerusalem:
Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Call for Urgent U.S. Leadership

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, December 4, 2008

Letter to President-elect Obama on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 1, 2008

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative Letter to Secretary of State Rice
March 20, 2008

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative Letter to President Bush
January 30, 2008

Speaking a Word of Hope at a Critical Time for the Holy Land
Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land, January 16, 2008

Call for Prayer on Eve of Peace Conference
Cardinal Francis George, November 21, 2007

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative Letter to Secretary of State Rice
November 1, 2007

Letter to U.S. Senate Supporting Resolution 224 on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 12, 2007

Letter to Israeli Foreign Minister Regarding the Fundamental Agreement
Bishop William S. Skylstad, April 19, 2007

Ecumenical Letter to President Bush
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 23, 2007

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East Statement, Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace: From Crisis to Hope
December 12, 2006

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative Letter to Secretary of State Rice
December 12, 2006

Letter to Congress on Cycle of Violence in the Middle East
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, July 20, 2006

Letter to All Bishops Declaring July 23 to be a Day of Prayer for Peace
Bishop William S. Skylstad, July 20, 2006

Letter of Solidarity to Patriarch Michel Sabbah
Bishop William S. Skylstad, July 14, 2006

Statements of the Holy See and Churches in the Holy Land
July 2006

Break the Cycle of Violence in the Holy Land
Bishop Thomas Wenski, July 17, 2006

Letter to Senator Lugar on Palestinian Aid and Engagement Issues
Bishop Thomas Wenski, May 25, 2006

Letter to Chairman Henry Hyde on the Amendment to the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006
Bishop Thomas Wenski, April 6, 2006

Letter to Chairman Henry Hyde on Palestinian Aid
Bishop Thomas Wenski, March 1, 2006

Appeal to the President to Make Israeli-Palestinian Peace a Priority of U.S. Policy
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, February 28, 2006

Catholic Bishops Meeting in Holy Land Issue Call for Justice
January 19, 2006

Campaign for American Leadership in the Middle East
November 23, 2005

Statement Protesting Iranian President's Remarks on Israel
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 31, 2005

Letter to President Bush on Commitment to Achieving Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative, April 14, 2005

Statement on the Developments in the Middle East
Bishop John H. Ricard, February 10, 2005

Letter to Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Designate, on Negotiations Between Israel and the Holy See
Bishop William S. Skylstad, January 18, 2005

Letter to Ambassador Daniel Ayalon on Negotiations Between Israel and the Holy See
Bishop William S. Skylstad, January 18, 2005

Remarks at the National Press Club on Peace for the Middle East
William Cardinal Keeler, January 13, 2005

USCCB President Addresses Presidents of  Israel and the Palestinian Authority
Bishop William S. Skylstad, January 11-13, 2005

Remarks in the Holy Land to Presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority
Bishop William S. Skylstad, January 11, 2005

Letter to President Bush on the Death of Yasser Arafat
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, November 11, 2004

A Moment for Peace in the Middle East: A Statement on the Death of Yasser Arafat
Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, November 11, 2004

Press Release: Religious Leaders Urge Administration for Full Implementation of the Road Map to Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, June 1, 2004

Urgent Appeal to U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
National Interreligious Leadership Delegation, June 1, 2004

Statement Concerning U.S. Support for Sharon Initiative
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, April 26, 2004

Letter to President George W. Bush on Deteriorating Situation in the Holy Land
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, April 13, 2004

Message from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday
April 11, 2004

Letter to Ambassador Ayalon on Visas for Church Personnel in the Holy Land
Bishop John H. Ricard and William Cardinal Keeler, April 7, 2004

Urgent Need for Peace Highlighted by Catholic Bishops' Meeting
January 15, 2004

Urgent Steps for Peace  |  List of Signatories
December 2, 2003

Remarks at Press Conference on National Interreligious Leadership Initiative
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, December 2, 2003

Congressional letter in support of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative
December 3, 2003

Letter to President Bush on National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative, November 25, 2003

Statement on the Separation Wall
Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem, August 26, 2003

Letter to President Bush on the Road Map for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Wilton Gregory, May 30, 2003

Letter to Ambassador Daniel Ayalon on Extension of the Security Wall
Bishop John H. Ricard, March 14, 2003

Letter to Ambassador Daniel Ayalon on Difficulties Obtaining Visas and Work Permits
Bishop John H. Ricard, January 15, 2003

Christian, Jewish and Muslim Leaders Unite To Urge Active U.S. Leadership in Pursuit of Middle East Peace
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative, June 2003

Letter to Latin Patriarch Sabbah on Special Observance on Mount Zion
Bishop Wilton Gregory, May 16, 2002

Statement on the Church of the Nativity
Bishop Wilton Gregory, May 10, 2002

Letter to President Bush on Escalating Violence in the Holy Land
Bishop Wilton Gregory, April 10, 2002

President's Statement on the Middle East
Bishop Wilton Gregory, April 2, 2002

Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Violence
Administrative Committee, March 13, 2002

Statement on Nazareth Mosque
Bishop Wilton Gregory, March 6, 2002

Statement on the Nazareth Mosque

Bishop Wilton Gregory, February 6, 2002


A Message to the Christians of the Holy Land from the Visiting Bishops of Europe and North America
January 24, 2002

Letter to Ariel Sharon regarding Nazareth Mosque
January 23, 2002

Statement on Nazareth Mosque
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, January 9, 2002

Letter to Ambassador David Ivry
Bernard Cardinal Law, December 4, 2001

Letter to Abdel Raham
Bernard Cardinal Law, December 4, 2001

Statement at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross
Cardinal Bernard Law, December 2, 2001

Statement on Bethlehem
Bernard Cardinal Law, October 24, 2001

Resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis
A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, June 15, 2001

Letter to Ambassador of Israel David Ivry
Cardinal Bernard Law, December 18, 2000

Letter to Ambassador of Israel David Ivry
Cardinal Bernard Law, November 22, 2000

Letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Cardinal Bernard Law, November 22, 2000

Returning to the Path of Peace in the Middle East
United States Catholic Conference, November 15, 2000

Letter to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, November 13, 2000

Wounded Peace: Conflict in the Holy Land
Cardinal Bernard Law, October 16, 2000

Address to the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, October 21, 2000

Address on the Question of Jerusalem
Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, March 10, 1999

Report on the Symposium of Bishops Conferences on Jerusalem
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, November 17, 1998

The Future of Jerusalem: Some Clarifications
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, November 17, 1998

Backgrounder and Summary Timeline on the Crisis in Nazareth
November 1999

Letter to President Clinton on the Crisis in Nazareth
Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, October 29, 1999

Letter to Ambassador of Israel Zalman Shoval on the Nazareth Mosque
Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, October 21, 1999

Toward Peace in the Middle East: Perspectives, Principles, and Hopes
National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 9, 1989



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