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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development



    Religious Persecution
    Bishop Oscar Cantú recently testified before Congress on the reality of religious persecution in the Middle East.

    Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable in the Federal Budget
    In a letter to Congress, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú address the moral dimensions of the federal budget and urge protection of programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.

    Straddling History and Hope in Selma

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development director Ralph McCloud participated in the recent re-enactment of the Selma March. Read his reflections.

    The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Questions of Free Trade
    This trade agreement could have serious consequences for the United States and other countries.

    Pope Francis and the Environment
    Archbishop Wenski recently wrote an article anticipating what Pope Francis may say in his upcoming encyclical on the environment.


    Mission & Identity

    "The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice."

    - Pope Benedict XVI
    The 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.

    Pope Francis accepts a hug from a girl as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)JPHD invites the participation of all who desire to live the Gospel in solidarity with neighbors across the street and around the world.

    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.

    JPhd: Working on the margins in the united states

    Capital Punishment
    Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski have welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement to review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the State of Oklahoma.

    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.

    Read Archbishop Wenski's Reflection on Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship

    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.

     More United States Issues

    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    Funding for International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
    In a letter to the Senate and House Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Bishop Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo request robust funding to address global poverty.

    In Response to the Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya
    Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Cantú write to President Obama and to Congressional leaders concerning religious freedom violations in the Middle East and the Authorization for Use of Military Force currently pending before Congress.

    Bishop Cantú writes to Congress Regarding the Cremisan Valley
    In a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bishop Cantú urges them to intervene with the Israeli government regarding their ongoing efforts to construct a barrier in the Cremisan Valley.

    More International Issues


    New Lenten Resource
    Lent 2015: A Scriptural Way of the Cross (En Español) is a new resource. This unique version can be used during this season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  It features reflections on global and national issues. Use this resource for your own reflection and with your parish, school, religious education class and with friends.

    Pope Francis' Social Teaching
    These quotes from Pope Francis are a sample of his teaching on poverty, economic justice, care for creation, human rights and other issues. | en Español

    Honor God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with the following new resources: 
    Primer on Care for Creation
    and  Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for CST: Care for Creation/Stewardship.

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