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 Congress Regarding FY15 International Assistance and List of Poverty-focused International Assistance Programs Supported by USCCB and Catholic Relief Services, Bishop Richard E. Pates and Dr. Carolyn Woo, March 27, 2014

Hunger & Peace

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

USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill
January 29, 2014

Conflict and Peace

Holy Land Peace:

Backgrounder on Israel and Palestine, February 2015

Backgrounder: Human Rights in the Cradle of Christianity, February 2015

Letter to President Obama – National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, January 21, 2015

Bishops Call for Human Dignity as Basis of Peace – Statement of the Co‐ordination of Bishops’ Conferences – in support of the Church in the Holy Land, January 15, 2015

Communiqué: Bishops’ Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land, September 22, 2014