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New Resources for
Several new USCCB resources can assist Catholics to pray and act for racial healing. Perfect for Lent, A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land (en Español) includes Scripture, reflection, and an examination of conscience to help Catholics call on the Divine Physician, Christ the Lord, to heal the wounds of racism throughout our land. Two new prayers are also available:
PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org Feature: Maps & Data
On the Maps & Data page (en Español) of the new PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org mobile-friendly websites, tens of thousands of data points bring data to your fingertips about your own community. Enter your county and find median household income, deep poverty rate, unemployment rate, median rent, percentage without health insurance, and more. You can also find which CCHD-funded organizations (en Español) are helping in your community.
Creating on the Margins Contest '17-'18 to Focus on "Share the Journey"
Schools and parishes can engage youth in grades 7-12 to learn and create as part of CCHD's annual contest (formerly called the Multi-Media Youth Contest). The '17-'18 theme is "Share the Journey of Young Migrants and Refugees," to coincide with two-year effort in support of migrants and refugees that Pope Francis will launch in September. Learn more (also en Español).
"The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice."
- Pope Benedict XVIThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Immigrant women get empowered, create change (Hidalgo County, TX)
- Refugee simulation helps students encounter, learn to advocate (Radnor, PA)
- Encountering our Muslim brothers and sisters (St. Louis, MO)
- Schools unite for life and justice (Cleveland, OH)
- Students help parents advocate for rights of incarcerated children (New Orleans, LA)
- Diocese celebrates Year of Creation (Burlington, VT)
- High school engages students in nonviolent peacemaking (Washington, DC)
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