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

Deteriorating Situation In Nigeria
On March 19, 2021, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop David J. Malloy, writes to Secretary of State Blinken to express his deep concern for the deteriorating situation in Nigeria and to support the recent statement issued by the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) the Most Reverend Augustine Obiora Akubeze.

Central African Republic
On March 16, 2021, Bishop David J. Malloy and Mr. Sean Callahan write to Secretary of State Blinken to ask for his leadership to cultivate international and regional partners for the goal of a unified, strategic and sustained effort to pull the Central African Republic (CAR) back from its precipitous slide into generalized conflict. 

Call to Help Save Lebanon
On February 19, 2021, Bishop David J. Malloy, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), writes to Secretary of State Blinken to convey an appeal by Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Church and president of the Assembly of the Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon. In his appeal, Cardinal Rai calls for the United Nations to convene an international conference to “help save Lebanon” from total collapse and bankruptcy. 

Expanding Debt Relief, Development Aid, and Measures of Protection for the Most Vulnerable During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On February 23, 2021, Bishop David J. Malloy, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Mr. Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network write to President Biden concerning issues and priorities for US policy concerning international debt.