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Israel - Palestine

 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to working for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and to promoting the Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Through prayer, pilgrimage, relief and development projects, and public actions, the USCCB is dedicated to a two-state solution: a secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestine.

Happening Now

U.S. Church Leaders in Express Strong Concern Over Israel's Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo joins other leaders from the U.S. Episcopal, Lutheran and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate church lands or tax church properties.

Bridges, Not Walls: Hispanic Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, January 18-27, 2018

Bridges, Not Walls: Reflections of the Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Nelson Jesus Perez, Bishop José A. Cepeda, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez, Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa, Bishop Rutilio del Riego, Bishop Alberto Rojas, and Bishop Plácido Rodriguez
January 18-27, 2018


Homily: Holy Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane

Bishop Plácido Rodriguez, January 22, 2018

Holy Land Coordination Final Communique 2018:  Hope for a Better Future
Representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including Bishop Oscar Cantú, met in the Holy Land and issued their yearly communiqué in which the acknowledged the struggle of the young people they met but called them to "hope for a better future."

Maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv

In a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio stated that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would erode the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution.

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Natioinal Religious Leaders Unite for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
In a letter to President Trump, thirty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible.  They believe, "based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security,  a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict."

USCAn 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 HaringCB-CRS Letter to Senators Corker and Cardin on S.474
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Sean Callahan, CRS, expressed their concerns to Senators Corker and Cardin on the unintended consequences of S.474 in regards to humanitarian aid to the West Bank and Gaza.

Letter to Secretary of State Regarding Recent Solidarity Visit to Israel and Palestine
Bishop Oscar Cantú, in a letter to newly appointed Secretary of State Tillerson, offers insights on Israel and Palestine based on his recent solidarity visit.

Advocacy to Support Peace in the Holy Land

U.S. Church Leaders in Express Strong Concern Over Israel's Plan to Tax Church-owned Real Estate
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo joins other leaders from the U.S. Episcopal, Lutheran and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate church lands or tax church properties.

Bridges, Not Walls: Hispanic Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, January 18-27, 2018

Bridges, Not Walls: Reflections of the Bishops' Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Nelson Jesus Perez, Bishop José A. Cepeda, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Bishop Felipe de Jesús Estévez, Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa, Bishop Rutilio del Riego, Bishop Alberto Rojas, and Bishop Plácido Rodriguez
January 18-27, 2018

Homily: Holy Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane
Bishop Plácido Rodriguez, January 22, 2018

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 18, 2018

Letter Imploring Secretary of State Tillerson to Maintain the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, January 5, 2018

NILI Letter to the President: Jewish, Christian and Muslim National Religious Leaders Unite for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Oscar Cantú, July 19, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson on Israel and Palestine
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 1, 2017

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 18, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Injustices Against Palestinians in West Bank Village of Susya
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 15, 2016

Pursuing Peace and Strengthening Presence: The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land
Signers include: Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem; Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman, Committee on International Justice and Peace, USCCB
April 20, 2016

Letter to National Security Advisor Rice Urging Renewed Efforts to Achieve a Peace Agreement
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 20, 2016

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land

January 14, 2016

Letter to Ambassador Dermer Concerning the Christian Schools in Israel
Bishop Oscar Cantú, September 22, 2015

Letter to Secretary Kerry Protesting Israeli Confiscation of Cremisan Valley Land
Bishop Oscar Canú, August 24, 2015

Backgrounder on Israel and Palestine
September 2015

Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding the Cremisan Valley

Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 11, 2015

NILI Letter to President Obama
January 21, 2015

Statement of the Co-ordination of Bishops' Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land
Bishop Oscar Cantú, January 15, 2015

Letter to Ambassador of Israel to the Unites States Conveying Condolences for the Synagogue Attack at Har Nof
Bishop Oscar Cantú, November 20, 2014

Communiqué: Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
September 22, 2014

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Welcome Gaza Ceasefire, Call for Peace
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Bishop Denis J. Madden, August 14, 2014

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

Letter to Congress Urging Support for a Ceasefire and Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza

Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, July 23, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Regarding Humanitarian and Development Assistance to Gaza
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 20, 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 President Obama Regarding Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 12, 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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