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Catholics Confront Global Poverty calls on Catholics to defend the life and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world.
Tell Congress to press Israel to stop confiscation of Christian lands in Cremisan Valley
As the wall moves and constricts more and more communities in the West Bank, the possibility of a future two-state resolution becomes less likely, putting both Palestinians and Israeli citizens at risk. Take action now.
On the World Day of Peace (Jan. 1), Reflect on Nonviolence with Pope Francis
In his Message for the 50th World Day of Peace (Jan. 1), entitled "Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace," Pope Francis will urge families, faith communities, government leaders, and the international community to practice nonviolence and work to build a just peace. Gospel nonviolence is not passive; it entails active strategies such as peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and unarmed civilian protection. Seeking a just peace means preventing conflict by addressing its causes, building relationships, and facilitating healing and restoration. A two-page handout in English and Spanish and a link to the Holy Father's statement (which will likely be posted in late December) are on this page.
Poverty Awareness Month (January) Materials Available Now!
Take up Pope Francis' challenge to go the peripheries by participating in Poverty Awareness Month in January. An online and print calendar (also en Español) includes daily ways to learn about poverty, get inspired by how communities are responding, and take action with others. In addition to the calendar are longer daily reflections (also en Español). You can also sign up to receive the daily reflections by email. Share these materials with Catholics in your diocese and follow the action on Facebook and Twitter.
The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response
The Census Bureau has released its updated statistics on income and poverty. Understanding and utilizing this data help guide our advocacy efforts and improve our educational outreach. Watch the webinar that discusses the statistics and what it all means for people struggling to make ends meet. You can also view the slideshow.
"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.
Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Climate Change and Carbon Pollution
Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have written the Environmental Protection Agency on the importance of protecting Creation and the health of poor and vulnerable communities by setting a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.
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.
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