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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.
Support DREAM Act of 2017
The young people S. 1615 seeks to protect are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DREAMERS as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. Take action now!
for Labor Day Weekend
In his 2017 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for action based on a vision of work that supports the flourishing of the family, a clearer understanding of the nature of poverty, and solidarity with those on the margins of society. Read the 2017 Labor Day Statement. Also available en Español.
On Sept. 9, Pray for Peace and Racial Justice in Our Communities
Sept. 9 is the annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. Visit the USCCB Racism page for resources for prayer and action for use on this day and beyond.
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).
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 and webinar recording are also available.
New Video from 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). Watch a new video from the U.S. meeting.
"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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