Our Faith & Global Poverty

Letters & Statements

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) regularly raise the Church’s concerns about global poverty issues with members of the U.S. Congress, the White House and other government officials.

 

The following are the most recent USCCB and CRS letters written to U.S. government representatives summarizing the Church’s position and requesting policy changes on the most urgent global poverty issues.

Visit the USCCB website for a complete list of International Justice and Peace letters. Visit the CRS website for a complete list of letters and statements.


Poverty-focused International Assistance

Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Poverty-Focused International Assistance, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 16, 2012

Letter to the Senate and to the House of Representatives regarding sequestration
from Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop Richard Pates, November 13, 2012

CRS-USCCB Testimony on International Assistance to the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations delivered by Mr. Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, May 1, 2012

Joint Letter to Chairman and Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, April 17, 2012

Testimony by Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, Mr. Sean Callahan, Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations, CRS, March 30, 2012

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 23, 2012

Letter to Congress on the 2013 Federal Budget, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop Richard E. Pates, March 6, 2012

Letter on International Assistance Funding to the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, March 1, 2012


Hunger & Nutrition

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, FY 2013, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire and Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 16, 2012

Joint Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, March 28, 2012

Joint Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, March 20, 2012


Conflict & Peace

Holy Land Peace:

Letter to National Security Advisor on Gaza and Southern Israel, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, November 20, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Israel and Palestine, Bishop Richard E. Pates, November 8, 2012

Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Bishop Richard E. Pates, July 13, 2012

Statement on Peace in the Middle East, USCCB Administrative Committee, March 14, 2012

National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East Statement on Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace March 1, 2012

Crisis in Syria:

Letter to National Security Advisor on Syria, Bishop Richard E. Pates, April 13, 2012