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Israel - Palestine

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to the work of reconciliation among the people of Palestine and Israel.

Through prayer, pilgrimage, relief and development projects, and public actions, the USCCB is dedicated to favoring a just peace. A just resolution of conflicts will respect the rights of minorities, including the vulnerable Christian minority.

Happening Now

U.S. Bishops Affirm Power of Prayer for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Following Pilgrimage to Holy Land
U.S. bishops affirmed that prayer is powerful, peace is possible and that support for a two-state solution is an essential dimension of pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace in a September 22 communique, following a Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land.

Statement Issued by National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI)
Leaders of American Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious organizations, united in the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI), issue a statement welcoming the ceasefire agreement of Israel and Hamas, and the negotiations to make it permanent.

Letter to Congress on the Israel-Gaza Conflict
In a joint letter to Congress, Bishop Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo urged support of an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for Gaza as well as for support of a just and lasting peace.

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Crisis in Gaza and Israel
Bishop Pates wrote to urge the support for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza. He urged Secretary Kerry to reengage in the difficult, but essential, work of building a just and lasting peace.

Letter to President Obama
The President of the USCCB, Archbishop Kurtz, and Bishop Pates have written President Obama to affirm his administration's efforts to reach a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They reiterate the USCCB's longstanding commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict as well as support of U.S. leadership for peace.

Religious Communities Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
33 leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim national organizations have spoken to the importance of support from religious communities in achieving a two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. In a February 28 letter to Secretary of State Kerry, the leaders called a two-state peace agreement "the only realistic resolution of the conflict."

An overview shows the Western Wall, right, with the gold-covered Dome of the Rock in the background of the Old City of Jerusalem Sept. 24. The Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, holds significance to Muslims, Jews and Christians. CNS photo/Paul HaringGaza
Bishop Pates  visited the Holy Land in January as part of a worldwide delegation of bishops. At the conclusion of their visit, the bishops decried the situation in Gaza, referring to it as a "a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal that cries out to the human community for a resolution".

Cremisan Valley
Returning to the United States, Bishop Pates wrote U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to urge the Government of Israel to "cease and desist in its efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank."

Advocacy to Support Peace in the Holy Land

Communiqué: Bishop's Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land News Release
September 22, 2014

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, May 20, 2014

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Bishop Denis J. Madden, February 28, 2014

Background on the Middle East
January 2014

Bishops Urge Action on Confiscation of Cremisan Valley
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 28, 2014

Communiqué of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 15, 2014

Interreligious Leaders to Secretary Kerry and Congress on Middle East Peace
Cardinal McCarrick, Bishop Pates, and Bishop Madden, July 26, 2013

Letter to President Obama on Nuclear Disarmament and on Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates, June 25, 2013

Letter Commending Secretary Kerry on Holy Land Initiative
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 21, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Cremisan Valley in the Holy Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 6, 2013

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