Policy on and Advocacy for International Assistance

2020-Present

Letter to Congress Requesting Increase in FY 2023 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop David J. Malloy and Mr. Sean Callahan, June 28, 2022

Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2023 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 3, 2022

Letter to Congress Regarding FY 2022 Agriculture Appropriations
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Bishop David J. Malloy, Sr. Donna Markham, Mr. Sean Callahan, and Mr. James Ennis, July 12, 2021

Written Testimony Regarding State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Bishop David J. Malloy, June 9, 2021

Letter to Congress Regarding State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs in Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations
Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, and Mr. Sean Callahan, June, 1, 2021

USCCB and CRS Chart for International Poverty-Reducing Development and Humanitarian Accounts
January 20, 2021

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. 

2015-2019

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Proposals to Condition International Assistance Based on Promotion and Protection of Religious Freedom
Bishop David J. Malloy and Mr. Sean Callahan, December 12, 2019

Letter to Congress Supporting the Global Child Thrive Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, November 14, 2019

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo Regarding Rescission of International Assistance Funds
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour, August 15, 2019

USCCB Committee Chairman of International Justice and Peace and the CEO of Catholic Relief Service respond to Administration’s call for rescissions of $2-4 billion of funds for State Department and USAID
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, August 13, 2019

Testimony Before U.S. Senate Regarding FY 2020 Appropriations for State, Foreign Operation and Related Programs Appropriations
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, June 3, 2019

Letter to Congress on FY 2020 State, Foreign Operation and Related Programs Appropriations for International Assistance
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, and Mr. Sean Callahan, May 21, 2019

Letter to Secretary of State Pompeo on Funding for Guatemala, Hondoras, and El Salvador
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe s. Vásquez, and Mr. Sean Callahan, March 15, 2019

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2020 on State, Foreign Operations and Related Appropriations for International Assistance
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, March 12, 2019

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Expressing Support for the Global Food Security Act
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, June 28, 2018

Letters to U.S. Senate and to U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2019 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations for Poverty-reducing Humanitarian, Development, and Migration Accounts
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Bishop Joe Vasquez, and Mr. Sean Callahan, April 10, 2018

Letter to Congress in Support of Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, April 2, 2018

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2018 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations for International Assistance
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, December 11, 2017

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson on Assessment of State Department and USAID Operations
Bishop Oscar Cantú, October 31, 2017

Letter to Congress on Moral Criteria to Guide Difficult Decisions During Federal Budget Process
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishops Oscar Cantú, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop George V. Murry, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, August 31, 2017

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2018 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations for International Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, July 17, 2017

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2018 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations for International Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, July 10, 2017

Letter to Congress Regarding Appropriations Budgets and Protection of International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance Programs
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Mr. Sean Callahan, April 24, 2017

Letter to Congress Regarding Protection of Funding for Poverty-focused Humanitarian and Development Assistance in State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Joe Vásquez, Mr. Sean Callahan, March 17, 2017

Letter to Congress Addressing the Moral and Human Dimensions of the Federal Budget
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop George V. Murry, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, March 3, 2017

Letter to Congress Urging Robust Funding FY 2018 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Joe Vásquez and Mr. Sean L. Callahan, February 14, 2017

Letter to Congress Regarding Additional FY 2017 Appropriations for Humanitarian and Recovery Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 28, 2016

Letter to Congress Fiscal Year 2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 27, 2016

Letters to U.S. Senate and to U.S. House of Representatives Requesting Robust FY 2017 Funding of International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, February 17, 2016

Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives on International Assistance and FY 2016 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Oscar Cantú, March 23, 2015

Letters to U.S. Senate and to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Sr. Donna Markham, and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 19, 2015

Letter to Congress Regarding State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations for International Poverty-Reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 9, 2015

 

2010-2014

Letter to Senate on Cargo Preference Regarding U.S. Flagged Ships
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, May 28, 2014

Letter to Congress Regarding FY 2014 and FY 2015 Poverty-focused and Humanitarian Accounts for International Assistance
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 27, 2014

Letter to G8 from National Conferences of Catholic Bishops Regarding Protection of Poor and Assistance for Developing Countries
National Conferences of Catholic Bishops, June 3, 2013

Letter to Congress on Sequestration and on FY 2013 Appropriations for Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 16, 2012

Letters to U.S. Senate and to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Federal Budget, Sequestration and Funding for Poverty-focused Accounts
Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop Richard Pates, November 13, 2012

Testimony Before U.S. Senate on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations for International Assistance
Mr. Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, May 1, 2012

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2013 Agriculture and International and Domestic Food Security
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 16, 2012

Letter to U.S. House of Representative on International Assistance Funding in the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Budget
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, March 1, 2012

Letter to Congress on Appropriations for International Assistance in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Budget
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Mr. Ken Hackett, December 8, 2011

Letter to U.S. Senate on Funding for Poverty-Focused International Assistance in FY 2012 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, November 2, 2011

Letter to Congressional Super Regarding International Humanitarian and Development Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, October 7, 2011

Letter to U.S. Senate on Cuts to Poverty-Focused International Assistance 
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, August 24, 2011

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Cuts to Poverty-Focused Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, July 29, 2011

Letter to U.S. Senate on Cuts in Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, February 22, 2011

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Cuts in Poverty-Focused International Assistance
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, February 14, 2011

Letter to U.S. Senate and to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Priorities for FY 2011 International Affairs Budget Appropriations
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and Ken Hackett, April 27, 2010

2006-2009

Remarks to G20 Religious Leaders' Summit on Global Poverty
Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi, September 23, 2009

Letter to G8 Heads of State on Poverty and Climate Change
Presidents of Bishops' Conferences of G8 Nations, June 22, 2009

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding Reform of U.S. Foreign Assistance
Bishop Howard Hubbard and Mr. Ken Hackett, May 18, 2009

Framework for Foreign Assistance Reform
Committee on International Justice and Peace, May 14, 2009

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill
Bishop Howard Hubbard and Mr. Ken Hackett, May 11, 2009

Letter to the Senate  and the U.S. House of Representatives on International Affairs Account in the 2010 Federal Budget 
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, April 20, 2009

Letter to Congress on FY 2009 Federal Budget
Bishop William F. Murphy and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, March 26, 2009

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2010 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations
USCCB and CRS, March 23, 2009

Questions on Church Teaching and International Assistance
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities and Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, March 13, 2009

Religious Statement on Foreign Assistance Reform
Ecumenical Church Leaders, February 2, 2009

Understanding the International Food Crisis
Office of International Justice and Peace, February 5, 2009

Global Food Crisis Policy Framework
Committee on International Justice and Peace and Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, December 9, 2008

Letter from Bishops' Conferences to G-8 Leaders on Reducing Global Poverty and Addressing Global Climate Change
National Conferences of Catholic Bishops, June 17, 2008

Letters to Congress on the FY 08 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, April 24 and April 28, 2008

Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives on the FY09 Foreign Operations Appropriations
March 20, 2008

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding the Introduction of the Global Poverty Act of 2007
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, December 12, 2007

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the Global Poverty Act of 2007
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 25, 2007

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

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on FY2008 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 4, 2007

Letter to Congress on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act and Funding for International Humanitarian and Domestic Poverty Programs
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, April 20, 2007

Letters to Congress Regarding Continuing Resolution for FY 2007 Appropriations
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, January 17, 2007

Letter to Congress on FY 2007 Foreign Operations Appropriations
CRS and USCCB, October 30, 2006

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Funding for Foreign Operations Programs
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 22, 2006

Letter to Congress on the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act and Support for Affordable House for People in the U.S. and in Haiti
Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio and Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, May 19, 2006

Letter to U.S. Senate on Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski and Ken Hackett, March 29, 2006

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives Regarding FY  2007 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
USCCB and CRS, March 21, 2006

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding Restoration of Funding for Foreign Affairs Accounts in FY 2007 Federal Budget
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, March 13, 2006

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding FY 2006 Supplemental Emergency Appropriation
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski and Ken Hackett, March 7, 2006

Letter to Millennium Challenge Corporation C.E.O. Danilovich Regarding the Millenium Challenge Account
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, February 3, 2006

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on Administration's Initiative to Make Foreign Assistance More Responsive and Effective
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, January 2, 2006

Prior to 2006

Letter to Senator McConnell on Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop John H. Ricard and Mr. Ken Hackett, September 26, 2005

Letter to Secretary of State Rice on the Upcoming World Summit
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 7, 2005

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop John H. Ricard and Mr. Ken Hackett, July 13, 2005

Statement Reacting to G8 Summit
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 11, 2005

Letter to President Bush before G-8 Summit
Bishop William Skylstad, June 28, 2005

Letter to Congress on FY 2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop John Ricard, Bishop Gerald Barnes & Ken Hackett, June 6, 2005

Letter to Chairman Kolbe on FY2006 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop John Ricard, Bishop Gerald Barnes & Mr. Ken Hackett, June 1, 2005

Letter to Congress on FY2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations 
Bishop John Ricard, Bishop Gerald Barnes, & Ken Hackett, April 26, 2005

Letter to Congress on FY 2006 Budget Priorities
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop John Ricard, Bishop Bernard Harrington, April 20, 2005

Letters to U.S. Senate on FY 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief
Bishop John H. Ricard, Bishop Gerald Barnes, Mr. Ken Hackett, April 1, 2005

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief
Bishop John H. Ricard, March 15, 2005

Letter to Congress on FY2006 Federal Budget Priorities
Bishop William S. Skylstad, February 15, 2005 

Letter to Congress Regarding FY 2005 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Bishop John Ricard, Bishop Thomas Wenski, Mr. Ken Hackett, October 20, 2004 

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on FY2005 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
USCCB and CRS, May 14, 2004 

Letter to Representative Kolbe on FY 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations
Bishop John Ricard and Mr. Ken Hackett, April 20, 2004 

Letter to U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Conferees on FY 2004 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Bishop John Ricard and Mr. Ken Hackett, November 10, 2003 

Letter to U.S. Senate on FY 2004 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 3, 2003

Statement: Keep America's Promise to Africa
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 16, 2003

Letter to President Bush on Africa and FY 2004 Foreign Aid
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, August 19, 2003

Letters to Senator Frist and Representative Hastert Regarding FY 2004 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Bishop John H. Ricard, August 18, 2003

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 15, 2003 

Letter to Senator Frist on the Millennium Challenge Account
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 2, 2003

Letter to Representative Hastert on the Millennium Challenge Account and Peace Corps Expansion Act
Bishop John H. Ricard, July 2, 2003

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding Foreign Assistance
Bishop John H. Ricard, June 30, 2003

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives Regarding the Millennium Challenge Account
Mr. Gerard F. Powers and Mr. Ken Hackett, June 6, 2003

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003
Bishop John H. Ricard, April 30, 2003

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on  FY 2004 Foreign Assistance Appropriations
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, April 2, 2003

Letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Daniels on the FY 2004 Millennium Challenge Account
Mr. Gerard Powers, USCCB and Mr. Ken Hackett, CRS, December 24, 2002

"Millennium Challenge Account: A Proposed Conceptual Approach for Eligibility"
USCCB White Paper, August 2002 

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives Regarding FY 2003 Foreign Assistance
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, May 9, 2002

Letter to President Bush on Increasing Foreign Aid
Bishop Wilton Gregory, April 3, 2002

Letter to U.S. Senate Regarding FY 2002 and FY 2003 State Department (Foreign Relations) Authorization Legislation
July 31, 2001

Letter to U.S. Senate on International Assistance Appropriations
July 25, 2001

Statement on the President's Initiative on Global Poverty Alleviation and Increase in World Bank Grant to Poorest Countries
July 19, 2001 

Letter to Congress Regarding Foreign Assistance
June 26, 2001

Testimony for U.S. House of Representatives on FY 2002 Foreign Assistance
March 28, 2001

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Assistance Appropriations
Fr. William Headley, Catholic Relief Services, March 28, 2001

Letter to Congress Regarding Disappointing Funding Levels for Foreign Operations
 July 24, 2000

Statement Regarding Funding Levels for Foreign Operations
July 10, 2000

Testimony Before U.S. House of Representatives Regarding FY2001 Foreign Assistance
Mr. Francis Carlin, March 30, 2000

Policy on and Advocacy for Global Health

Background Information

2009-Present

USCCB President and International Justice and Peace Chairman Commend President Biden for Donation of COVID Vaccines to World’s Poorest Countries
Archbishop José H. Gomez and Bishop David J. Malloy, June 23, 2021 

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. 

USCCB Chairman and Catholic Relief Services Commend Congress for Advancing the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, October 15, 2018

USCCB-CRS Letter to Director Mulvaney Urging Full Funding of U.S. Global HIV and AIDS Programs
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Mr. Sean Callahan, December 1, 2017

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

Joint Letter to Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and House Committee on Foreign Affairs on PEPFAR
Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, October 2, 2013

Prior to 2009

Letter to U.S. House of Representative Regarding the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act (PEPFAR)
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, July 16, 2008

Letter to Congress in Support of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act (PEPFAR)
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, May 22, 2008

Letter to U.S. Senate in Support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, March 12, 2008

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Reauthorization of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, March 7, 2008

Letter to U.S. House of Representative Expressing Concern for Provisions in President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Bishop Thomas Wenski and Mr. Ken Hackett, February 6, 2008

Letter to Congress on Funding for Abstinence-Before-Marriage Program in PEPFAR
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 18, 2007 

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on Changes to PEPFAR-Mandated Allocation for Abstinence Before Marriage and Rescinding of Mexico City Protocol
Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, June 8, 2007

Letter to Congress on Regarding Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Bishop Thomas Wenski, June 1, 2006

Letter to U.S, Senate on U.S. Foreign Aid and the Global AIDS Act
Bishop John H. Ricard, Mr. Ken Hackett, October 16, 2003 

Statement: Keep America's Promise to Africa
Bishop John H. Ricard, September 16, 2003

Statement on Passage of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act 
Bishop John H. Ricard, May 16, 2003 

Letter to U.S. Senate on United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act
Bishop John H. Ricard, May 15, 2003

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act
Bishop John H. Ricard, April 30, 2003

Letter to Congress on Funding for Global Health and Combatting HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Bishop John H. Ricard, March 4, 2003

Letter to Representative Hyde Regarding the Global Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Awareness, Education and Treatment Act
Bernard Cardinal Law, August 28, 2001

Letter to Representative Lantos Regarding the Global Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, Awareness, Education and Treatment Act
Bernard Cardinal Law, August 28, 2001

Called to Compassion and Responsibility: A Response
NCCB Administrative Board, November 1989

The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Response
NCCB Administrative Board, November 1987