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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.
Stand in Solidarity with Refugees
Object to the Executive Order on refugees and express your support for the refugee program, which is safe for refugees and the communities that welcome them. Take action now.
Urge President Trump to Sign Executive Order Respecting Religious Freedom
Tell President Trump to restore the federal government's respect for the religious freedom of individuals and organizations by signing an Executive Order that establishes a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. Take action now.
JPHD Launches New Small Grants Program to Foster
Social Justice-Hispanic Ministry Collaboration
To help diocesan social justice and Hispanic ministry staff build stronger relationships, the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development offices for Education & Outreach and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are pleased to announce a new small grants program. In 2017, we will offer up to 20 grants of $1,000 each to "kick start" new collaboration, or strengthen existing collaboration, between social justice and Hispanic ministry staff at the diocesan level. To help spark ideas, please see this handout on Hispanic ministry-social justice diocesan collaboration from JPHD and the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry. A bilingual handout is also available.
Special Webinar for Social Justice and Hispanic
Ministry Diocesan Staff
The USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, in collaboration with the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry, held a special webinar on May 16 to help social justice and Hispanic ministry diocesan staff form or strengthen relationships in order to become aware of common interests, good work already happening, and potential areas for collaboration. The webinar featured pairs of panelists from social justice and Hispanic ministry in the (arch)dioceses of Hartford, Orange, St. Cloud, and St. Petersburg. They shared examples of collaboration around formation of leaders, know-your-rights work, immigration and workers' rights advocacy, and the process of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Watch the recorded webinar.
U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements
The U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM) took place February 16-19, 2017, in Modesto, California. The convening brought together hundreds of faith and social justice leaders from various cultures and communities from across the U.S., along with grassroots leaders from other countries. The Modesto meeting was the first U.S. Regional convening being organized in conjunction with three international world meetings that have taken place in Rome (in Oct. 2014 and Nov. 2016) and Bolivia (in Oct. 2015).
Pope Francis' address to the 3rd World Meeting of Popular Movements in Rome, November 5, 2016 | En Español.
Pope Francis' letter to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements | En Español.
Welcome letter from Cardinal Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (in English and in Spanish).
Cardinal Tobin's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements. Video of his address.
Bishop McElroy's address to the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.
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 are on this page.
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.
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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