Mission & Identity

The Committee on International Justice and Peace is staffed by the Office of International Justice and Peace, which is part of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

The Office assists the bishops in advancing the social mission of the Church, especially in its advocacy for policies that advance justice, defend human dignity and protect poor and vulnerable communities around the world.

Happening Now

Statement of USCCB President and Bishop Chairmen in Advance of Supreme Court’s Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Archbishop José H. Gomez, Bishop Thomas A. Daly, Bishop Robert P. Reed, Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop David J. Malloy, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville-Rodriguez, and Archbishop William E. Lori, March 21, 2022

Letter to Representative Torres Regarding Recent Letter to President of Ecuador Promoting Expansion of Access to Abortions
Archbishop William E. Lori and Bishop David J. Malloy, March 16, 2022

Bishops Chairmen Commend Life-Affirming Provisions in Budget Agreement
Archbishop William E. Lori, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Bishop David J. Malloy, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, March 11, 2022

Bishop Chairman Urges Continued Prayer and Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine and Surrounding Countries
Bishop David J. Malloy, on March 4, 2022, urges the U.S. government to provide all possible assistance to the people of Ukraine and to work closely with faith-based partners who are already on the ground providing emergency aid. 

American and European Bishops Unite in Support for the Church and People of Lebanon
On March 1, 2022, Bishop David J. Malloy joins with bishops from several other countries to jointly release a statement, Lebanon, the Message of Peace and Fraternity, is in Great Danger.

U.S. Bishops’ President Echoes Pope Francis’ Call for Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine
On February 24, 2022, Archbishop José H. Gomez issues a statement calling for prayer and fasting to end the war in Ukraine.

Seek Peace in Ukraine, Says U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace
On January 25, 2022, Bishop David J. Malloy issues a statement appealing to leader to respect the territorial integrity and political independence of Ukraine and to engage in constructive dialogue to peacefully resolve the conflict.

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Commends Pledge by World Powers to Avoid Nuclear Conflict
On January 6, 2022, Bishop David J. Malloy, commends the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) for issuing a January 3rd joint statement and calls the statement an important acclamation of the need to prevent nuclear war and avoid arms races.