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Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon)
Pope Francis has released a new Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia, or Beloved Amazon, which focuses on hearing the “cry of the poor” in the Amazon, protecting indigenous rights, solidarity, and action to care for God’s creation. Read the exhortation. Use this study guide to reflect on the exhortation as an individual or with a group.
"The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice."
- Pope Benedict XVIThe 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.
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.
News Release: Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Encourages Lawmakers in Providing Aid and Relief to Those Affected by Coronovirus
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, March 12, 2020
Faith for Just Lending Letter to Congress in Support of the Veterans and Consumer Fair Credit Act
Faith for Just Lending, a coalition of organizations and denominations representing millions of Christians across the country, writes to the House of Representatives to urge support for the Veterans and Consumer Fair Credit Act and by so doing establishing an interest rate cap of 36% and taking an important step toward preventing harm caused by predatory lending practices.
Concern for West Africa
Bishop David J. Malloy writes to Secretary of State Pompeo to express his deep concern regarding the level of conflict and instability in West Africa, specifically the increasing violence in Nigeria due to herder-farmer conflict.
Prayer Procession for Peace in Nigeria
In a letter to the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, Bishop David J. Malloy writes to express his solidarity and support on the eve of a nationwide prayer procession taking place on Ash Wednesday.
New Success Stories on WeAreSaltAndLight.org
Success stories on WeAreSaltAndLight.org show hopeful examples of how Catholics are praying, reaching out, learning and acting together. Here are a few that were recently profiled:
- Immigrant women get empowered, create change (Hidalgo County, TX)
- Refugee simulation helps students encounter, learn to advocate (Radnor, PA)
- Encountering our Muslim brothers and sisters (St. Louis, MO)
- Schools unite for life and justice (Cleveland, OH)
- Students help parents advocate for rights of incarcerated children (New Orleans, LA)
- Diocese celebrates Year of Creation (Burlington, VT)
- High school engages students in nonviolent peacemaking (Washington, DC)
CST 101 is a collaborative 7-part video and discussion guide series presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. The videos bring the themes of Catholic social teaching to life and inspire us to put our faith into action. Some suggested uses of the videos and discussion guides include adult faith formation settings, high school theology classes, in lay ministry formation and to prepare groups for service trips. The series also includes downloadable posters and handouts for adults and kids, in English and Spanish. The artwork featured in the videos and accompanying videos are courtesy of Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.
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