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Israel - Palestine

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to working for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and to promoting the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Through prayer, pilgrimage, relief and development projects, and public actions, the USCCB is dedicated to a two-state solution: a secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestine.

Happening Now

 President's Announcement Concerning Establishment of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank
On November 22, 2019, Bishop David J. Malloy writes to Secretary of State Pompeo to express deep concern over the recent announcement that the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is no per se inconsistent with internaitonal law.

Concern for the Dire Situation of the Hospitals in East Jerusalem
Archbishop Broglio and Bishop Bambera along with Bishop Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop Curry of The Episcopal Church write to President Trump to call to his attention their grave concern for the dire situation of the hospitals in East Jerusalem and to request a meeting to discuss the Adminstration's decision to halt humanitarian assistance.

President's Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan Heights as Part of the State of Israel
In a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, Archbishop Broglio expresses deep concern over the President's March 25 Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan Heights as Part of the State of Israel and the dangerous precedent it sets.

Backgrounder on Two State Solution in the Holy Land
February 2019

Letter to Administration Urging Reinstatment of U.S. Funding for Basic Human Needs to Palestinians
In a joint letter to Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan of Catholic Relief Service write to urge the Adminstration to reinstate funding for basic human needs of Palestinians.

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Hospitals in East Jerusalem
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio join Bishops from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Conference of Bishops, and The Episcopal Church in writing to the Adminstration to express grave concern about the apparent decision to halt further U.S. humanitarian assistance to hospitals in East Jerusalem.

U.S. Church Leaders in Express Strong Concern Over Israel's Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo joins other leaders from the U.S. Episcopal, Lutheran and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate church lands or tax church properties.

Advocacy to Support Peace in the Holy Land

President's Announcement Concerning Establishment of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank
On November 22, 2019, Bishop David J. Malloy writes to Secretary of State Pompeo to express deep concern over the recent announcement that the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is no per se inconsistent with internaitonal law.

Concern for the Dire Situation of the Hospitals in East Jerusalem
Archbishop Broglio and Bishop Bambera along with Bishop Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop Curry of The Episcopal Church write to President Trump to call to his attention their grave concern for the dire situation of the hospitals in East Jerusalem and to request a meeting to discuss the Adminstration's decision to halt humanitarian assistance.

President's Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan Heights as Part of the State of Israel
In a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, Archbishop Broglio expresses deep concern over the President's March 25 Proclamation on Recognizing the Golan Heights as Part of the State of Israel and the dangerous precedent it sets.

Backgrounder on Two State Solution in the Holy Land
February 2019

Letter to Administration Urging Reinstatment of U.S. Funding for Basic Human Needs to Palestinians
In a joint letter to Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan of Catholic Relief Service write to urge the Adminstration to reinstate funding for basic human needs of Palestinians.

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Hospitals in East Jerusalem
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio join Bishops from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Conference of Bishops, and The Episcopal Church in writing to the Adminstration to express grave concern about the apparent decision to halt further U.S. humanitarian assistance to hospitals in East Jerusalem.

U.S. Church Leaders in Express Strong Concern Over Israel's Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo joins other leaders from the U.S. Episcopal, Lutheran and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate church lands or tax church properties.

Bridges, Not Walls: Hispanic Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, January 18-27, 2018

Bridges, Not Walls: Reflections of the Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Nelson Jesus Perez, Bishop José A. Cepeda, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez, Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa, Bishop Rutilio del Riego, Bishop Alberto Rojas, and Bishop Plácido Rodriguez
January 18-27, 2018

Homily: Holy Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane
Bishop Plácido Rodriguez, January 22, 2018

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 18, 2018

Letter Imploring Secretary of State Tillerson to Maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, January 5, 2018

NILI Letter to the President: Jewish, Christian and Muslim National Religious Leaders Unite for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
July 19, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson on Israel and Palestine
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 1, 2017

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 18, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Injustices Against Palestinians in West Bank Village of Susya
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 15, 2016

Pursuing Peace and Strengthening Presence: The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land
Signers include: Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem; Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, USCCB
April 20, 2016

Letter to National Security Advisor Rice Urging Renewed Efforts to Achieve a Peace Agreement
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 20, 2016

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
January 14, 2016

Letter to Ambassador Dermer Concerning the Christian Schools in Israel
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 22, 2015

Letter to Secretary Kerry Protesting Israeli Confiscation of Cremisan Valley Land
Bishop Oscar Canú, August 24, 2015

Backgrounder on Israel and Palestine
September 2015

Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding the Cremisan Valley
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 11, 2015

NILI Letter to President Obama
January 21, 2015

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 15, 2015

Letter to Ambassador of Israel to the Unites States Conveying Condolences for the Synagogue Attack at Har Nof
Bishop Oscar Cantú, November 20, 2014

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
August 14, 2014

Communiqué: Bishop's Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land News Release
September 22, 2014

Letter to Congress Urging Support for a Ceasefire and Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, July 23, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Humanitarian and Development Assistance to Gaza
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
May 20, 2014

Letter to President Obama Regarding Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 12, 2014

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
February 28, 2014

Background on the Middle East
January 2014

Bishops Urge Action on Confiscation of Cremisan Valley
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
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

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