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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.
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."
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".
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."
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
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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