Urgent Appeals


Christians, Jews and Muslims alike look to the Holy Land as a place of sacred events, holy sites and profound hopes. Yet the prevailing image of Israel and Palestine today is one of violence, injustice and deep suffering. We are Catholics Confront Global Poverty, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In our mission to address the root causes of poverty, we are working to Wage Peace in the Holy Land, so human dignity is protected, peoples are reconciled and peace prevails. But we can’t do it effectively without you. To get involved read on!

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Make the Holy Land a focus of your individual and communal prayer activities.

General Intercessions for Peace in the Holy Land, Pentecost Sunday, 2014

Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, USA

Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, Reverend John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, USA


Letter from USCCB President Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Pates to President Obama regarding Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts
March 12, 2014

Letter to Secretary Kerry on Israel and Palestine
National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
Bishop Richard E. Pates, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Bishop Denis J. Madden, February 28, 2014

Bishops Urge Action on Confiscation of Cremisan Valley Land
Bishop Richard E. Pates, January 28, 2014


Post these handouts to help spread the word of how your voice can wage peace.


Post on Facebook and tweet in support of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land and to help spread the word.


This Pentecost respond 2 Christ's Gospel msg by praying w/ the Holy Father 4 Holy Land peace #WagePeaceInTheHolyLand @catholicrelief @USCCB
Shouldn’t a land that is holy be a land of peace, love and compassion? Help #WagePeaceInTheHolyLand @catholicrelief @USCCB
Pray with Pope Francis for Peace in the Holy Land #WagePeaceInTheHolyLand @catholicrelief @USCCB