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"To say that the work [of the Little Sisters] is public does not mean that it is impersonal or sterile. No, their acts of service are intimately personal. They are not a 'vending machine' dispensing impersonal charity – without convictions, conscience and a sense of right and wrong. No, they are providing intimately personal care – a care that we deeply desire for our family members and for all people in need. Their work is an expression of their love of God and God's love of others shining through their lives. We see light rising forth in the darkness and we like what we see."

– Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President
Fortnight 2014 Closing Mass Homily

 

International Religious Freedom

 

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Resources on international religious Freedom

Remarks and Videos from Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land - That All May Be Free Conference
September 9, 2013

Letter to Senators Blunt and Levin on S. 653
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 20, 2013

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

Background on International Religious Freedom
February 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Nigeria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 1, 2012

"International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good"
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, September 12, 2012

Speech by Archbishop John Onaiyekan on International Religious Freedom in Nigeria
September 12, 2012

Speech by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi on International Religious Freedom
September 12, 2012

Letter to Assistant Secretary Blake on Rimsha Masih
Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 7, 2012

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

Letter to Patriarch Twal on Anti-Christian Incident at Monastery
Timothy Cardinal 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, 2012

The Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty
Thomas F. Farr, June 13, 2012

An Example from a Local, Suffering Church — Reflection from Iraqi Bishop Shlemon Warduni
June 13, 2012

Congressional Testimony on International Religious Freedom
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, November 17, 2011

Letter to the U.S. Senate on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, October 27, 2011

Letter to Representatives Frank and Eshoo on Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom Act
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 27, 2011

Letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee on International Religious Freedom Act
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, June 17, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Violence in Egypt
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 14, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton Emphasizing Importance of Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, February 9, 2011

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Protection of Religious Freedom following Attacks in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 6, 2011

Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner on Protecting Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 30, 2010

Letter to Pakistani Ambassador on Protecting Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, December 30, 2010

Letter to President Obama on Protection of Iraqi Christians
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, November 9, 2010

Statement on Anti-Muslim Prejudice
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop William F. Murphy, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 9, 2010

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Blake on Violence Against Christians in Bangladesh
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, May 12, 2010

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Importance of Religious Freedom
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 1, 2010

Coalition Letter to President Bush on Violence against Christians in India
November 7, 2008

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Boucher on Violence Against Christians in India
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 29, 2008

Letter to Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil on Violence Against Christians in India
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, September 19, 2008

Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Hill on Tibet
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, April 3, 2008

A Plea for Solidarity with Religious Minorities in Iraq
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 25, 2007

Letter to Representative Smith on the 2006 Annual Report on Religious Freedom
Bishop Thomas Wenski, December 20, 2006

Letter to Secretary Rice on Religious Minorities in Iraq
Bishop Thomas Wenski, October 26, 2006

Letter to Ambassador Schwab on Trade Relationship Between the United States and Vietnam
Bishop Thomas Wenski, August 24, 2006

Toward a Responsible Transition in Iraq  | En Español
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 12, 2006

Testimony for Hearing on the 2005 International Religious Freedom Report of the U.S. Department of State
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, November 15, 2005

Letter to Representative Kolbe on East Timor
September 20, 2005

Letter to Chairmen Young and Kolbe on Religious Freedom in Georgia
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 27, 2003

Statement on the 35th Anniversary of the Declaration on Religious Freedom
Cardinal Bernard Law, December 8, 2000

Letter to Indonesian Ambassador on Violence Against Christians
Cardinal Bernard Law, June 30, 2000

Statement on Peace Reconciliation and Religious Freedom in Vietnam
Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, November 24, 1999

Statement on State Department Report on International Religious Freedom
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, September 20, 1999

Remarks on the Final Report of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, May 1999

Remarks on the Final Report of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad
Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, May 1999

Letter to Indian Ambassador on Violence Against Christians
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, February 22, 1999

Letter to Secretary Albright on Religious Freedom
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, December 2, 1998

Letter to Secretary Albright on Religious Freedom
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, June 15, 1998

Testimony for a Hearing on Religious Intolerance in Europe Today
Fr. Drew Christiansen, September 18, 1997

Testimony Before House Committee on International Relation on The Freedom from Religious Persecution Act of 1997
Fr. Drew Christiansen, September 10, 1997

Letter to Assistant Secretary Shattuck on State Department Report on Religious Freedom
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, July 22, 1997

Remarks at Interfaith Gathering for Religious Freedom in Tibet
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, April 24, 1997

Statement on Religious Freedom Today
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, March 31, 1997

Written Testimony, Responses to Religious Persecution
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, February 15, 1996

Testimony on Religious Liberty as a Human Right
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, February 25, 1981





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