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    Justice, Peace, and Human Development



    Stay Connected to JPHD During the Papal Visit
    Pope Francis’s Apostolic Visit to the United States will take place September 22-27, 2015. During the visit, pray, reach out, learn, and take action with the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. During Pope Francis’ visit, receive daily emails filled with updates, resources, and ways you can act on the Holy Father's call. Sign up now! For general information about the visit, go to Follow us on social media. We Are Salt and Light’s Facebook and Twitter and Poverty USA’s Facebook and Twitter will include regular updates.

    2015 Labor Day Statement
    In this year's Labor Day Statement (en Español), Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski reflects on how dignified work with a living wage is critical to helping our families and our greater society thrive.

    Urge Congress to Foster Peace and Endorse P5+1 Negotiations with Iran
    Please encourage Congress not to take any actions that could undermine the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Instead, in the words of Bishop Cantú, "urge Congress to endorse the result of these intense negotiations because the alternative leads toward armed conflict, an outcome of profound concern to the Church." Take Action Now!

    Tell your Senators and Representative Now is the Time for Criminal Justice Reform!
    Most members of Congress will be home during the summer recess between August 3 and September 7. Take this opportunity to write your Senators and Representative and tell them to pass effective sentencing and criminal justice reform. Take Action Now!

    Ending the Use of the Death Penalty
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Cardinal Seán O'Malley call for recomittment to Bishop's Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

    Improving Working Tax Credits
    Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D. penned a letter Congress on expanding and improving working tax credits.

    Church Teaching on Environmental Stewardship
    On June 18, the Vatican released Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical letter "Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home."  Find resources on the topic and read what the U.S. bishops and previous popes have written about our environment.

    Religious Persecution
    Bishop Oscar Cantú recently testified before Congress on the reality of religious persecution in the Middle East.

    Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable in the Federal Budget
    In a letter to Congress, Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú address the moral dimensions of the federal budget and urge protection of programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.


    Mission & Identity

    "The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice."

    - Pope Benedict XVI
    The Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development (JPHD) promotes awareness of Catholic social teaching and opportunities to live the Baptismal call to love God and neighbor.

    Efforts include the anti-poverty mission of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, as well as advocacy in support of poor and vulnerable persons and communities, in the U.S. and abroad.

    Pope Francis accepts a hug from a girl as he arrives to celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)JPHD's work is guided by the Committees on International Justice and Peace, Domestic Justice and Human Development and the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

    JPhd: Working on the margins in the united states

    Protecting Food Aid, Conservation and Rural Development
    The USCCB, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, in a joint letter to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, urge Congress to resist cuts to domestic and international food aid, as well as conservation and rural development programs.

    Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Climate Change and Carbon Pollution
    Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Pates have written the Environmental Protection Agency
    on the importance of protecting Creation and the health of poor and vulnerable communities by setting a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

    Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million to support environmental justice. Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice.

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    JPHD: Working on the Margins Internationally

    Funding for International Poverty-reducing Humanitarian and Development Assistance
    In a letter to the Senate and House Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Bishop Cantú and Dr. Carolyn Woo request robust funding to address global poverty.

    In Response to the Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya
    Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Cantú write to President Obama and to Congressional leaders concerning religious freedom violations in the Middle East and the Authorization for Use of Military Force currently pending before Congress.

    Bishop Cantú writes to Congress Regarding the Cremisan Valley
    In a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bishop Cantú urges them to intervene with the Israeli government regarding their ongoing efforts to construct a barrier in the Cremisan Valley.

    More International Issues


    Pope Francis' Social Teaching
    These quotes from Pope Francis are a sample of his teaching on poverty, economic justice, care for creation, human rights and other issues. | en Español

    Honor God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with the following new resources: 
    Primer on Care for Creation
    and  Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for CST: Care for Creation/Stewardship.

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