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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.
Urge your Representative to bring criminal justice reform to a vote!
While Congress is on recess this August, urge your Representative to take action on criminal justice reform and vote to pass the Sentencing Reform Act, the Corrections and Recidivism Reduction Act, and the Second Chance Reauthorization Act when Congress returns to Washington, DC, in September. Write your Representative now!
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.
Faith For Just Lending Calls for End of
Predatory Payday Loans
A non-partisan group of religious leaders, practitioners, and social service providers, working together to end the debt trap caused by predatory payday loan, write to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray to provide feedback on the Bureau's proposed rule to regulate payday lending.
World Day of Prayer
for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1)
This annual day, established by Pope Francis in 2015, is an opportunity to pray, reflect and act to care for God's creation. Numerous resources for this day are available on the USCCB environmental justice page and the WeAreSaltAndLight.org Laudato Si' page, including prayers, discussion guides, individual action steps, and more.
Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities (Sept. 9)
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, of Atlanta, will chair a new special task force on building peace in communities and healing racial tensions.
We encourage Catholics around the country to gather on or around Sept. 9 to pray, reflect, and discern action steps. To help you, the USCCB racism page offers many resources, including a video, bishops' statements, prayer and liturgy resources, teaching materials, articles and more. The WeAreSaltAndLight.org diversity and racial justice page includes additional resources.
Racial Justice Google Hangout (Sept. 14)
Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern for the third WeAreSaltAndLight.org Google hangout. We will facilitate a conversation between representatives from three Catholic faith communities who are praying, reaching out, learning and acting for peace and racial justice. You can contribute to the conversation by participating in the Google hangout, or you can watch the hangout as it happens on YouTube.
Call to Support Legislation Reforming
Mental Health Care
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski encouraged continued legislative prioritization of mental health care that embraces every human person as valued and filled with inherent dignity.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Jubilee Year of Mercy is Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016. This two page handout (en Español) offers a brief reflection on the Year, as well as ideas for prayer and action. For more materials on the Year, visit the Year of Mercy homepage.
"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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