Happening Now

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding Conflict in South Sudan
Bishop David J. Malloy, October 13, 2021

Letter of Solidarity Sent to the President of the Sudan-South Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference on the Occasion of South Sudan’s Tenth Anniversary of Independence
Bishop David J. Malloy, July 7, 2021

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding the Situation in Nigeria 
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 24 2021

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding the Deteriorating Situation in Nigeria
Bishop David J. Malloy, March 19, 2021

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. 

Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria: We Must Pull Back From the Brink of Collapse
February 23, 2021

Policy and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in the Sahel

Letters and Statements on the Sahel

Policy and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in Western Africa

Background Information

Backgrounder on Mali
February 2013

Backgrounder on Nigeria
September 2012

 

Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone

Letter of Solidarity to Bishops' Conference of Côte d'Ivoire Regarding Upcoming National Elections
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 22, 2020

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Elections in Côte d'Ivoire
Bishop David J. Malloy, April 2, 2020

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Conflict and Instability in West Africa
Bishop David J. Malloy, March 12, 2020

Statement by Catholic Bishops of Côte d'Ivoire
January 2020 

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Côte d'Ivoire
June 2019

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, Offers Condolences and Solidarity to the Church in Burkina Faso after multiple terrorist attacks on Churches
June 7, 2019

Letter of Solidarity with the People of Burkina Faso as They Struggle with Wave of Violent Terrorist Attacks
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, June 6, 2019 

Letter to Congress Regarding Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 6, 2014

Letter to National Security Council Regarding Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, September 23, 2014

Opening Address to Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 8, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Expressing Concern for the Situation in Mali
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 29, 2013

Statement on Famine Relief in Niger
Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ, August 3, 2005

Statement on the Situation in Liberia
Bishop John H. Ricard, May 29, 2003

Letter to Condoleeza Rice on Liberia
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 3, 2003

Letter to Secretary of the Treasury O'Neill on Enhanced HIPC Debt Reduction
(References to Zambia, Niger and Guinea)
Cardinal Bernard Law, June 5, 2001

Statement on Highly Indebted Poor Country Enhanced Debt Reduction
(References Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, Niger, and Nicaragua)
June 4, 2001

Statement on the Situation in Sierra Leone
Cardinal Bernard Law, June 21, 2000 

Nigeria

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding the Situation in Nigeria 
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 24 2021

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding the Deteriorating Situation in Nigeria
Bishop David J. Malloy, March 19, 2021

Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria: We Must Pull Back From the Brink of Collapse
February 23, 2021

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Conflict and Instability in West Africa
Bishop David J. Malloy, March 12, 2020

Letter of Solidarity with the Church in Nigeria Regarding Ash Wednesday Prayer Procession for Peace
Bishop David J. Malloy, February 26, 2020

A statement from the USCCB President on this Weekend’s Bombings and Church Collapse
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, December 11, 2016

Letter to National Security Adviser Rice on the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 9, 2014

Letter to Cardinal Onaiyekan on Bombing in Abuja, Nigeria and on Aduction of School Girls
Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 16, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Re-Establishment of Security and the Rule of Law in Nigeria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 1, 2012

Solidarity Letter to the Church in Nigeria after Church Bombing
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Richard E. Pates, September 25, 2012

Speech by Archbishop John Onaiyekan on International Religious Freedom in Nigeria
September 12, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton Regarding the Situation in Nigeria
Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 6, 2012

Letter to Archbishop Onaiyekan Expressing Solidarity with the Church in Nigeria After Attacks on Churches During Christmas
Bishop Richard E. Pates, December 27, 2011

Letter to Archbishop Job Expressing Solidarity with the Church in Nigeria After Attacks on Churches During Christmas
Bishop Richard E. Pates, December 27, 2011

Letter of Solidarity to the Bishops of Nigeria After Christmas Eve Attacks and Subsequent Violence
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 20, 2011

Solidarity Letter to the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Nigeria Regarding the Recent Violence
Bishop Howard Hubbard, March 19, 2010

Statement on G8 Proposal for Debt Cancellation
Reference to Nigeria
Bishop John H. Ricard, June 14, 2005

Building God's Kingdom of Justice and Peace
Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, March 10, 2001

Policy and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in Eastern and Southern Africa

Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Offer Prayers and Solidarity for Recovery After Deadly Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, March 22, 2019

Statement From the USCCB President on this Weekend’s Bombings and Church Collapse
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, December 11, 2016

USCCB President and CRS Chairman Issue Aid Appeal for Drought and Famine Victims in Somalia and Parts of East Africa
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, August 10, 2011

Letter to Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference on Zimbabwe
Bishop Howard Hubbard, March 4, 2009

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference regarding Zimbabwe
Bishop Howard Hubbard, March 3, 2009

Letter of Support to Southern African Bishops' Conference on the Situation in Zimbabwe
Bishop Thomas Wenski, June 9, 2008

Letter of Support to Archbishop Christopher of Zimbabwe
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 7, 2008

Letter to Secretary of State Regarding the Situation in the Horn of Africa, Somalia, and Sudan
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, October 24, 2008

Letter to Secretary of State Rice Following Tragic Events in Kenya
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 8, 2008

Letter to the Zimbabwean Bishops' Conference
Bishop Thomas Wenski, April 12, 2007

Statement of the Zimbabwean Bishops' Conference
March 30, 2007

Letter to White House National Security Advisor Regarding Conflict in Somalia 
December 5, 2006

Statement on the Situation in Zimbabwe
Bishop John Ricard, June 24, 2005

Letter of Solidarity with Church in Kenya After Murder of Bishop Locati
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 15, 2005

Statement on Highly Indebted Poor Country Enhanced Debt Reduction
(References to Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, Niger, and Nicaragua)
June 4, 2001

Letter to Secretary of the Treasury O'Neill on Enhanced HIPC Debt Reduction
(References to Zambia, Niger and Guinea)
Cardinal Bernard Law, June 5, 2001

Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Delegation to Kenya
April 5, 2001

Statement on the Arrest of Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko and Letter to Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda
February 17 and 18, 2000

A Jubilee Call for Debt Forgiveness
(References to Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zambia)
April 1999

Sudan

Letter Regarding Appointment of Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan 
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 11, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sudan and South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 18, 2011

Letter to the Bishops of Sudan Regarding the Referendum on Self-Determination
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 20, 2011

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Efforts of Ensure Successful Referendum for Sudanese People
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 20, 2011

Letter to U.S. Senator Casey Regarding Commitment to Peace in Sudan
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 20, 2011

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Situation in Sudan
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, September 23, 2010

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on the Sudanese Bishops' Pastoral Statement and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, February 5, 2010

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Resolution on Sudan and Implementation of Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, February 5, 2010

Letter of Solidarity to the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference Regarding Recent Pastoral Letter and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, February 3, 2010

Letter to Special Envoy J. Scott Gration
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, April 2, 2009

Letter to Secretary of State Regarding the Situation in the Horn of Africa, Somalia, and Sudan
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, October 24, 2008

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on Sudan
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, December 11, 2007

Letter to Secretary Rice on the Situation in Darfur
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, July 9, 2007

Letter from Bishops' Conferences to G-8 Leaders
Bishop William S. Skylstad, May 31, 2007

Statement on the Occasion of the Global Day for Darfur
Bishop Thomas Wenski, September 15, 2006

Letter to Secretary of State Regarding Darfur
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 11, 2006

Statement on the Occasion of the Save Darfur Rally
April 28, 2006

Letter to the Honorable Richard G. Lugar on the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2005
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 31, 2005

Statement on National Day of Action for the People of Darfur
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 21, 2005

Letter to Congress Regarding Darfur Peace and Accountability Act
Bishop John H. Ricard, August 10, 2005

Statement on the Death of Dr. John Garang de Mabior
Bishop John H. Ricard, August 3, 2005

Statement on Southern Sudan Peace Agreement
Bishop John H. Ricard, January 13, 2005

Cry of the People of Darfur
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, November 17, 2004

Protect Human Lives in Darfur: A Statement on the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan
Bishop John H. Ricard, October 27, 2004

Letter to Secretary Powell Supporting Emergency Funding for Sudan
September 30, 2004

Letter to Secretary Powell on Crisis in Sudan
August 19, 2004

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Sudan on the Critical Situation in Darfur
August 2004

Bishop Gregory's Letter to All Bishops
August 2004

Letter to Secretary Powell on Darfur, Sudan
Bishop John H. Ricard, June 28, 2004

German Bishops' Statement on Sudan
June 2004

Statement on the Crisis in Western Sudan
Bishop John H. Ricard, May 5, 2004

Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on African Affairs
Mr. Paul Townsend, Catholic Relief Services, July 11, 2002

Let There Be a Just and Durable Peace in the Sudan: An Appeal by the Bishops of the Catholic and Episcopal Churches of the Sudan
August 17, 2001

Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Delegation to Sudan
Bishop John H. Ricard, April 5, 2001

Findings and Policy Recommendations
Delegation of U.S. Catholic Bishops to Sudan, March 24 - April 6, 2001

Sudan's Cry for Peace
November 2000

Statement by the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference
September 2000

Statement Condemning the Bombing of Narus in Southern Sudan
Bishop Fiorenza, September 21, 2000

Statement on Sudan
Cardinal Bernard Law, March 28, 2000

South Sudan

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding Conflict in South Sudan
Bishop David J. Malloy, October 13, 2021

Letter of Solidarity Sent to the President of the Sudan-South Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference on the Occasion of South Sudan’s Tenth Anniversary of Independence
Bishop David J. Malloy, July 7, 2021

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Congo, South Sudan, and the World
February 23, 2018

Prayers for the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Whole World
February 23, 2018

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Encourages Catholics to Join Pope Francis in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Congo, South Sudan, and the World on February 23
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, February 14, 2018

Letter of Solidarity to the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 1, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry and National Security Advisor Rice Regarding South Sudan Peace Agreement
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, September 16, 2015

Bishop Pates Urges Envoy To Continue Relief, Push for Peace in South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 23, 2014

Letter to U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Regarding Pastoral Message of Hope from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 22, 2014

Letter of Solidarity with the Church in South Sudan During a Time of Crisis
Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 6, 2014

Written Statement for House Subcommittee Hearing on the Crisis in South Sudan 
USCCB and Catholic Relief Services, February 26, 2014

Solidarity Letter to the Church and the People of South Sudan 
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 19, 2014

Letter to National Security Advisor Rice Regarding South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, February 19, 2014

Pastoral Exhortation from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Sudan and South Sudan: Let Us Refound Our Nation on a New Covenant
January 31, 2014

Letter to Archbishop of Juba on Situation in South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 2, 2014

Letter Regarding Appointment of Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan 
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 11, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sudan and South Sudan
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 18, 2011

Bishop Ricard Will Represent USCCB’s International Justice and Peace Committee at South Sudan’s Independence Events July 9
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 7, 2011

Policy and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in Equatorial or Central Africa

Cameroon, Chad and Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Letter to Secretary of State Blinken Regarding Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 17, 2021

Letter Urging Congress to Pressure the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Implement the Saint Sylvester Agreement
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, March 7, 2018 

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Congo, South Sudan, and the World
February 23, 2018

Letter of Solidarity with the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Catholic Lay Committee and World Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace
Archbishop Thomas P. Broglio, February 14, 2018

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Regarding Latest Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Congo
Bishop Oscar Cantú. July 28, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Regarding the Growing Political Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Oscar Cantú, May 1, 2017

Letter Expressing Solidarity with the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 24, 2017

Letter to the Security and Exchange Commission Urging a Fully Intact and Enforced Congo Conflict Minerals Rule
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 23, 2017

Letter to Acting National Security Advisor Kellogg on Congo Conflict Minerals Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú, February 14, 2017

Letter to U.S. Special Envoy Feingold on the Possible Amendment to Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Bishop Richard E. Pates, October 16, 2014

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry on Cessation of Hostilities by M23 Militia
Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 25, 2013

Letters to Secretary of State Kerry on Appointment of U.S. Special Representative
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Bishop Nicolas Lola Djomo, October 7, 2013

Letter of Solidarity with the Church and People of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Richard E. Pates, May 3, 2013

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, June 9, 2011

Letter to the SEC on Proposed Conflict Minerals Rules and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, February 8, 2011

Letter to Congress on the Conflict Minerals Act and on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, February 19, 2010

Letter on the Conflict Minerals Trade Act and on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, January 6, 2010

Letter to Congress on the Conflict Minerals Trade Act and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, December 17, 2009

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, November 25, 2008

Letter to Senators Brownback and Feingold on the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, November 25, 2008

Letter to Bishop Djomo, President of Congolese Bishops Conference, Expressing Solidarity with the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bishop Howard Hubbard, November 25, 2008

Letter to Congress on the Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, November 2, 2006

How Can the Church Outside the Great Lakes Region Strengthen the Capacity of the Church Here to Engage in Peacebuilding
Presentation to Conference on Catholic Peacebuilding
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 28, 2006

Letter to Congress on the Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, March 27, 2006

Statement on Massacre in Eastern Congo
Bishop John Ricard, July 15, 2005

Testimony on the Crisis in the Great Lakes
Gerard Powers, USCCB and Ken Hackett, CRS, April 3, 2003

Statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo
Cardinal Bernard Law, July 10, 2000

Statement on the Arrest of Archbishop Emmanuel Kataliko
Cardinal Bernard Law, February 17, 2000

Statement on the Congo and the Lusaka Agreement
October 27, 1999

Letter to the U.S. Department of State on the Congo
October 28, 1997

Policy and Advocacy for Justice and Peace in Northern Africa

Egypt

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Response to Egypt Mosque Attack
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, November 24, 2017

USCCB President Offers Prayers for Victims in Latest Attack on Coptic Christians
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, May 26, 2017

Encounter in Egypt: Trip Highlights One of Pope's Key Teachings
Catholic News Service, May 4, 2017

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Today’s Explosions at Two Coptic Churches
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, April 9, 2017

Statement From the USCCB President on this Weekend’s Bombings and Church Collapse
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, December 11, 2016

Memo to US Bishops Regarding Egypt
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Bishop Gerald Kicanas, August 23, 2013

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Urging Support for Efforts by the Egyptians to Strengthen Public Order and the Rule of Law and to Build an Inclusive Democracy Respectful of Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Bishop Richard E. Pates, August 23, 2013

Bishops Pates and Kicanas Update All Bishops On Egypt; Bishop Pates Urges Secretary of State Kerry to Act
Bishops Pates And Kicanas, August 23, 2013

Reports of Torture in the Sinai
Middle East Delegation, October 2012

Letter to Secretary Clinton on Violence in Egypt
Bishop Hubbard March 14, 2011

Letter to Hillary Clinton from Bishop Hubbard on Attacks Against Christians
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, January 6, 2011

Archbishop Dolan Thanks President Obama for Efforts to Promote Religious Tolerance in Egypt
Cardinal Timothy Dolan October 17, 2011

Letter to President Obama on Promoting Religious Tolerance
Cardinal Timothy Dolan October 17, 2011

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on Support for Egypt Led Diplomatic Efforts Towards Cessation of Hostilities Between Israelis and Palestinians
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative, March 20, 2008