- Bishop Expresses Solidarity With Christian Community Attacked In Israeli Village
February 22, 2005
A recent attack on Christians in Israel appears to exhibit "deep prejudice against Christians," said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' International Policy Committee, and could make it "difficult for the Christian community to maintain its historical place within Israeli society."
- Catholic Bishops Urge Congress To Decide Budget On How It Enhances Lives, Dignity Of Needy Here, Abroad (05-033)
February 15, 2005
The U.S. bishops have urged Congress to think of the needy here and abroad when they consider the national budget. They made their call in a February 11 letter to U.S. senators and representatives. The letter was signed by Bishop William Skylstad, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Bishop Expresses 'Revulsion' At Murder of U.S. Missionary in Brazil
February 15, 2005
In a letter to the Brazilian ambassador to the United States released today, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' International Policy Committee expressed "deep concern and revulsion" at the murder of U.S. missionary Sister Dorothy Stang.
- Online Press Materials Available Now For The Catholic Relief Services Collection
February 10, 2005
The Catholic Relief Services Collection (formerly the American Bishops Overseas Appeal) now offers resources for Catholic media and diocesan communications directors online at www.usccb.org/crscollection. Press kit materials including camera-ready ads and other resources are available and easily downloadable. Catholic media and diocesan communications directors are encouraged to utilize the online materials in promoting this national collection and its mission to help people in need around the world.
- Andean Bishops To Discuss Trade Agreement With U.S. Officials (05-024)
February 7, 2005
Six Catholic bishops from the Andean countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia will be in Washington February 7-9 to share their views about the United States-Andean Free Trade Agreement, which is currently under negotiation and likely to be concluded in the spring.
- Bishop Welcomes Debt Cancellation Proposals (05-019)
January 28, 2005
The chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee today expressed support for proposals for canceling the debts of the world's poorest countries owed to multilateral creditors and congratulated U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow on his leadership on debt relief among the Group of Seven industrialized nations.
- Bishop Welcomes Sudan Peace Agreement, Urges Same International Commitment to Darfur (05-009)
January 13, 2005
The agreement ending Sudan's 21-year civil war, signed Sunday, holds "the promise of peace and reconciliation" for the people of Sudan, but there can be no lasting peace in that country as long as the crisis in Darfur continues, according to the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Cardinal Keeler Takes 'The Side of Peace with Justice' in Remarks at National Press Club (05-007)
January 13, 2005
Cardinal William H. Keeler today expressed hope in the burgeoning promise of peace in the Middle East, saying Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders in the United States share one purpose of pursuing a "just peace for Israelis and Palestinians."
- Pope's Peace Message has Implications for United States (04-254)
December 30, 2004
Pope John Paul II's message for the World Day of Peace, celebrated on January 1, "has special implications" for the United States, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops International Policy Committee in a statement released today.
- USCCB President Expresses Solidarity With Tsunami Victims (04-253)
December 29, 2004
As the death toll from Sunday's tsunami continues to rise rapidly, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today offered prayers for the victims and solidarity for the survivors.
- American Bishops Overseas Appeal Renamed The Catholic Relief Services Collection (04-248)
December 16, 2004
The American Bishops Overseas Appeal has been renamed the Catholic Relief Services Collection, reflecting a more focused effort to support emergency relief, human development, and peace initiatives around the world.
- Pope Calls For All Out Effort To End The 'Scourge Of AIDS,' Lauds Pharmaceutical Companies That Keep Drug Prices Down (04-240)
December 8, 2004
In a message for the World Day of the Sick, to be celebrated in Africa early next year, Pope John Paul II said "Everyone should feel involved in the fight against AIDS."
- Bishops Call For International Action On Sudan
November 17, 2004
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting here today, called for international pressure on Sudan, including the possibility of targeted sanctions, to restore peace and security to Darfur.
- Bishops Mark Arafat's Death, Call For Renewed Peace Efforts
November 12, 2004
The death of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat brings "a time filled with both opportunities and dangers," said two leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who expressed solidarity with the people of the Middle East and called for renewed U.S. leadership toward peace in the region.
- Bishops Will Vote On Proposal For Helping The Church In Africa (04-222)
November 9, 2004
The U.S. bishops will be asked to approve an unusual proposal for aiding the Church in Africa during their annual Washington meeting, November 15-18, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.
- Leaders Urge Support For Foreign Assistance Priorities (04-200)
October 31, 2004
Funding for numerous refugee assistance and overseas development programs should demonstrate a "strong U.S. commitment to addressing the critical needs of the world's poor and most vulnerable," according to leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services in a letter to Members of Congress released today.
- Letter Urges Additional U.S. Efforts To End Sudan Suffering (04-191)
October 1, 2004
Despite recent U.S. efforts to provide humanitarian and other assistance in the Darfur region of Sudan, "heinous crimes" against innocent civilians continue, two Catholic leaders said in a letter released today.
- Chairman Commends Legislation To Aid Haiti (04-180)
September 20, 2004
Legislation to aid Haiti's economy could be a "beacon of hope to the people of Haiti," according to the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee, who commended the pending bill in a letter to its lead sponsor. The Haiti Economic Recovery Opportunity Act, which would expand certain preferential trade treatment for Haiti, "represents a small but critically important step by which our country can help stimulate the economic recovery of the poorest nation in the hemisphere," Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, told Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL) in a letter released today.
- Debt Cancellation Should Not Jeopardize Other Countries' Needs, Bishop Urges
September 20, 2004
Proposals to cancel the external debts of some of the world's poorest countries are encouraging but should not come at the expense of other needy countries' ability to borrow from international financial institutions, the chairman of the bishops' international policy committee said in a letter released today.
- U.S. Bishops' President Expresses Solidarity, Condemns Russian School Attack (04-171)
September 8, 2004
The terrorist attack on a Russian school last week was particularly "horrific" because of its targeting of children and families, said the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who condemned the attack and prayed for those who died and were injured.
- Bishop Ricard Urges Pressure On Government In Khartoum; Outlines Steps To Alleviate The Terrible Crisis In Sudan (04-161)
August 19, 2004
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Policy said the United States must exercise even more leadership to prevent a worsening of the crisis in Sudan.
- Labor Day 2004: Global Trade That Works For All (04-157)
August 17, 2004
Despite polarization of the debate over international trade, Labor Day is a good time to make sure the global economy works for all, according to the chairman of the bishops' domestic policy committee in his annual Labor Day statement.
- OurBishop Gregory Urges U.S. Bishops To Ask For Prayers, Hold Special Collections, For The Suffering People Of Sudan (04-155)
August 16, 2004
The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the U.S. Bishops to ask Catholics to offer prayers and contribute to a special collection for people suffering persecution and deprivation in Sudan.
- Bishop Gregory Expresses Concerns On Church Bombings In Iraq In Letters To Iraqi, U.S. Officials, And To the Chaldean Patriarch (04-154)
August 13, 2004
In separate letters to the Chaldean Patriarch, the Interim Prime Minister of Iraq, and the U.S. Secretary of State, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed horror and sadness at the bombing of Christian Churches in Baghdad and Mosul.
- Stephen Colecchi Named To Lead USCCB's Office Of International Justice And Peace
August 13, 2004
Monsignor William Fay, General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, today announced his appointment of Dr. Stephen M. Colecchi as the new Director of USCCB's Office of International Justice and Peace. Dr. Colecchi has served as the Director of the Office of Justice and Peace and Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Richmond. He succeeds Gerard Powers who recently accepted the position of Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for Peace at the University of Notre Dame.
- Bishop Gregory Expresses Solidarity With Venezuelans (04-152)
August 13, 2004
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has expressed the solidarity of Catholics in the United States with the people of Venezuela as they prepare for a presidential recall referendum on August 15.
- Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings Call For Rejection Of 'Total War' (04-149)
August 6, 2004
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 59 years ago this month remain as "permanent reminders" of the horrors of "total war" and the continuing need for nuclear disarmament, said the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in a statement released today to mark the anniversary of the bombings.
- U.S. Bishop Arrives in Sudan (04-147)
August 2, 2004
The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops International Policy Committee arrived in Sudan yesterday to assess firsthand the dire humanitarian situation in the Darfur region.
- Bishop Urges Reconsideration Of Cuba Travel Restrictions (04-142)
July 27, 2004
Recent restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba "will serve only to exacerbate the situation" in Cuba, according to the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops International Policy Committee, who urged Congress to revisit the issue.
- Joint Statement Outlines Criteria for Judging U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement (04-141)
July 23, 2004
The moral measure of any international trade agreement is how it impacts the poorest and most vulnerable, according to bishops from the United States and Central America, who expressed concerns about the recently signed U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement.
- U.S. Bishops Cite Concern About Rapes, Genocide Of Muslims In Darfur, Sudan, In Letter To Colin Powell (04-126)
July 2, 2004
The U.S. bishops have voiced concern about rapes and genocide of Muslims in Darfur, Sudan, in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
- Bishop Gregory Cites 'Grave Moral Responsibilities' Of United States In Iraq (04-119)
June 22, 2004
The United States faces daunting challenges in Iraq as it fulfills its "grave moral responsibilities" in helping to rebuild that nation, according to the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who said the war and occupation have raised "fundamental questions about the U.S. role in the world."
- Delegation of Prominent Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders Delivers Urgent Appeal to Secretary of State Powell for Immediate U.S. Reengagement on the Road Map to Peace (04-102)
June 2, 2004
In an unprecedented united interreligious intiative, leaders pledge nationwide efforts with their constituents in support of renewed vigorous engagement by the Bush Administration in pursuing full implementation of the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East.
- Bishops' President Says Freedom For Cuba Best Accomplished Through Contact With Americans (04-097)
May 21, 2004
Full freedom for the Cuban people should not come at the expense of a tightened economic embargo or further travel restrictions, according to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Horrendous Torture of Iraqi Prisoners Is Challenge to Reflect on Larger Moral Issues (04-091)
May 17, 2004
Referring to recent photos of Iraqi prisoners tortured by U.S. soldiers as "horrifying" and "disgusting," the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee said the abuse cases are a challenge to reflect on larger moral issues.
- Latest Crisis in Sudan is Symbol of 'Depravity' (04-088)
May 7, 2004
The chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee today called the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan "the newest symbol of human depravity and ethnic cleansing," and called for greater international involvement in restoring peace and stability.
- Bishop Urges Vietnam to Improve Religious Freedom (04-081)
April 29, 2004
Despite reported improvements in religious freedom in Vietnam, the "violent repression" of some Vietnamese Christians and the detention of a Catholic priest are sources of "grave concern," according to the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Middle East Peace Requires New U.S. Steps (04-068)
April 14, 2004
On the eve of the United States-Israeli summit, leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for the United States to provide "strong support" for reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- Chairman Protests Arrest of Chinese Bishop (04-065)
April 7, 2004
In a letter to the Chinese ambassador to the United States, the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee today protested the arrest of a Catholic bishop in China earlier this week.
- Chairman Requests Information on Arrested Chinese Bishop
March 11, 2004
The chairman of the bishops' International Policy today requested that the Chinese government disclose the reason for the arrest of a Catholic bishop in China last week, reminding the Chinese ambassador of his government's "stated commitment to respect religious freedom and other fundamental human rights."
- Bishop Calls for Peacekeepers, Refugee Protection for Haiti (04-042)
March 2, 2004
The departure of Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Sunday has not stemmed the severity of the humanitarian crisis in that island nation, according to the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee, who today called for a peace keeping force and safety for Haitian refugees.
- New U.S. Landmines Policy is 'A Missed Opportunity' (04-041)
March 1, 2004
The Bush Administration's recent announcement that it would allow the continued use of certain types of landmines in the future "steps back" from an earlier commitment to join more than 150 other nations in banning the "indiscriminate weapons," according to the Chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Cardinal Keeler Hails Establishment of Joint Russian Orthodox-Roman Catholic Working Group (04-032)
February 24, 2004
Cardinal William Keeler hailed reports from Moscow about conversations between representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Holy See. In a statement, the Cardinal cited the establishment of a joint Russian Orthodox-Roman Catholic working group that will examine the questions that have prevented the development of normal fraternal relations.
- Bishop Articulates Principles for Responding to Possible Haitian Refugees (04-033)
February 24, 2004
Should international efforts to stabilize the volatile situation in Haiti fail, the United States should ensure the protection of any refugees who flee the island nation, according to standards articulated today by the Chairman of the Migration Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Bishop Ricard Says Success in Iraq Includes Ensuring that Religious Liberty Is Fully Respected (04-031)
February 23, 2004
Bishop John Ricard, SSJ, Chairman of the International Policy Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed recent statements by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer regarding "the importance of ensuring that religious liberty is fully respected in the new Iraq."
- Meeting of the Bishops of the Church in America Sends Expression of Solidarity with Bishops of Haiti (04-030)
February 23, 2004
The Bishops of the Church in America, in San Antonio, Texas for their annual meeting, sent a message of greetings and solidarity to the Bishops of the Church in Haiti.
- U.S. Bishop Expresses Solidarity with People of Burundi, Condemns Murder of Apostolic Nuncio (04-012)
January 8, 2004
The international community, led by the United States, must lend renewed support for the peace process in Burundi, according to the chairman of the U.S. bishops' International Policy Committee, who expressed solidarity with the people of that African nation following the assassination of the apostolic nuncio there last month.
- U.S. Catholic Bishops Express Concern Over Killing Of Vatican Nuncio To Burundi (03-251)
December 31, 2003
The U.S. bishops voiced concern over the killing of Archbishop Michael Courtney, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi, in letters to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Simon Ntamwana of Gitega, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Burundi.
- Cardinal Keeler Urges Congress to Prevent Marketing of Human Beings (03-223)
November 18, 2003
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other congressional leaders, Cardinal William Keeler has urged inclusion of the Weldon amendment to prevent the patenting of human organisms in the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2004.
- Catholic Officials Back Senate Funding Levels as Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Proceeds to Conference (03-220)
November 13, 2003
As the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill proceeds to conference, Catholic officials wrote to Senator Ted Stevens, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, to urge retention of Senate-approved amounts for HIV/AIDS and for the Millennium Challenge Account.
- Seminar and Plenary Session on 'The New Challenge of Peace' Planned for Bishops' November Meeting; Bishops From Vietnam and Congo Also to Speak (03-208)
October 30, 2003
A Plenary session and Seminar for Bishops on "The New Challenge of Peace" will be part of the semi-annual meeting here of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Nov. 10-13.
- "The Poetry Of John Paul II" Is Read At The United Nations (03-195)
October 9, 2003
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, was the first speaker at a United Nations symposium October 7 honoring the 40th anniversary of Pope John XXIII's historic encyclical Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth).
- Bishop Urges Senate Vote Against Nuclear Weapons Research (03-185)
September 16, 2003
Research on advanced nuclear weapons, such as the "robust nuclear earth penetrator," undermine nuclear non-proliferation efforts, according to the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee, who urged the U.S. Senate to vote against legislation that would fund such research.
- Trade Negotiations Must Address Poverty Reduction (03-180)
September 10, 2003
Poverty reduction must be a "key goal" of World Trade Organization negotiations beginning today in Cancun, Mexico, according to the Chairman of the U.S. bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Bishop Condemns Bombing of UN'S Baghdad Mission, Remembers Victims of the Blast (03-169)
August 21, 2003
In a statement released today, the chairman of the bishops' Migration Committee condemned Tuesday's bombing of the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad and remembered the victims of the devastating blast as "tireless" and "selfless" champions of migrants and refugees.
- Recommit to the 'Challenge Of Peace:' Bishop Gregory Marks Anniversaries of Two Landmark Peace Documents (03-162)
August 5, 2003
As the world this week remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Catholics to recommit to the challenge of peace articulated in two landmark documents which mark twenty- and forty-year anniversaries in 2003.
- Catholic Bishops Urge President To Give Top Priority To Mideast Peace (03-112)
June 2, 2003
The U.S. Catholic Bishops are urging President George W. Bush to continue "to give the peace process the highest priority in order to ensure that Israel and the Palestinians each move forward on the path to peace without delay."
- Bishop Calls for Regional Solution to Violence In Liberia (03-111)
May 30, 2003
A military solution to ongoing violence in Liberia is not possible, according to the chairman of the bishops' International Policy Committee, who urged the international community to support a regional solution to the crisis in western Africa.
- Bishop Calls For Release Of Cuban Dissidents (03-080)
April 8, 2003
Recently arrested Cuban dissidents - human rights activists, journalists, poets and labor leaders, "which only authoritarian regimes have reason to fear" - should be released, according to the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Fundamental Dignity, Rights and Responsibilities Should Be Basis of Foreign Aid (03-077)
April 2, 2003
Sustainable human development, which will lead to a more just and peaceful world, should be the objective of a substantially increased U.S. foreign aid program, according to congressional testimony submitted on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services.
- Bishops' President Deeply Regrets War; Calls for Prayer, Protection of the Innocent, And Steps to Avert Humanitarian Crisis (03-065)
March 19, 2003
Expressing the bishops' deep regret that war had not been averted, and calling for prayer and solidarity, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today issued a statement on the likely war with Iraq.
- Statement of Cardinal Pio Laghi to President George W. Bush (03-051)
March 5, 2003
I was privileged to have been sent by the Holy Father as his Special Envoy to President George Bush. I assured him of the Holy Father's great esteem and affection for the American people and the United States of America.
- Media Advisory -- Pope's Special Envoy to Hold Media Availability (03-048)
March 5, 2003
Cardinal Pio Laghi, Pope John Paul II's personal envoy to President Bush on the current situation with Iraq, will be available to meet with the media shortly after his meeting with the President, at around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.
- Bishops' President Reaffirms Concerns about Possible War; New Resources for Prayer and Reflection on Iraq Released (03-039)
February 26, 2003
Echoing Pope John Paul II's words that war with Iraq is "not inevitable," the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today said "serious ethical questions and concerns" about a possible war remain unresolved since they were initially raised last autumn.
- Bishops' Moral Concerns About War In Iraq: Still "Valid And Useful" (03-032)
February 11, 2003
Amidst new initiatives by the Holy See to prevent a war in Iraq, the Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' International Policy Committee, Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ, affirmed in a letter to all bishops that while much has transpired since the bishops" November statement on Iraq, "the serious questions and concerns that we raised at that time remain valid and useful as Catholics and others reflect on the morality of a possible war with Iraq."
- Catholic Leaders in Washington to Oppose War in Iraq, Support Pro-Poor Policies (03-029)
February 10, 2003
"Almost 500 Catholic leaders from across the country have come to Washington Feb. 10-12, to urge policymakers to step back from the brink of war in Iraq and to support policies that help poor children and families at home and abroad.
- Bishops Express 'Serious Concerns and Questions" about Possible War with Iraq (02-235)
November 13, 2002
Reiterating the principles of Catholic just war tradition, the nation's bishops meeting here today expressed "serious concerns and questions" about the rush to war with Iraq.
- Bishops Denounce Abduction of Columbian Bishop (02-234)
November 13, 2002
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today denounced the kidnapping of Bishop Jorge Enrique Jiménez Carvajal, Bishop of Zipaquirá, Colombia this week. Bishop Jiménez, President of the Latin American Episcopal Council, and his priest associate, Father Desiderio Orjuela, were kidnapped on November 11 in a town north of Bogotá.
- Threat of Famine in Southern Africa Focus of Catholic Bishops' Visit (02-231)
November 8, 2002
Catholic Bishops from the United States visited southern Africa October 21-31, 2002 to assess the plight of more than 14 million people threatened with starvation, and to bring this complex humanitarian crisis to the attention of the American people.
- Bishops Raise Serious Moral Questions about Force While Welcoming President's Appeal to UN (02-177)
September 17, 2002
In a letter to President Bush, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory expressed serious questions about the moral legitimacy of any preemptive, unilateral use of military force to overthrow the government of Iraq as he welcomed the President's efforts to focus the world's attention on the need to address Iraq's repression and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction in defiance of the United Nations.
- Religious Leaders Urge National Security Advisor To Take New Steps For Peace In The Middle East (02-178)
September 17, 2002
In a meeting yesterday (September 16) with President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic leaders urged that the Bush administration take new steps to end the suffering of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and to restart peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
- Bishop Gregory Commends President Bush for Decision on U.N. Population Fund (02-145)
April 23, 2002
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory commended President Bush for his decision to withhold $34 million in U.S. funding from the U.N. Population Fund due to its support for coercive population programs.
- Bishops Welcome Nuclear Treaty, Urge Further Action on Nuclear Disarmament (02-100)
May 28, 2002
The signing of the nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia Friday is a welcome step but must be seen as "one of many steps that must be taken" toward a global ban on nuclear weapons.
- Bishops' President Expresses Relief at End of Bethlehem Standoff (02-088)
May 10, 2002
Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville (IL), President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, today issued a statement expressing his relief that the "unprecedented and intolerable standoff at the Church of the Nativity" in Bethlehem had ended.
- Bishops' Fund Will Help Rebuild Remote Chapels in El Salvador (02-013)
January 10, 2002
In response to the series of devastating earthquakes in January and February of last year, which damaged or destroyed nearly 400 chapels in remote parts of El Salvador, the U.S. Bishops' Committee on the Church in Latin America has established a $1.5 million fund to aid in their repair and reconstruction.
- Cardinals Keeler and Kasper Pay Tribute to Jewish Official Who First Told the World of Hitler's Plan for the Holocaust (01-215)
December 5, 2001
Cardinal William Keeler and Cardinal Walter Kasper paid tribute to the accomplishments of Gerhart Riegner, the former general secretary of the World Jewish Council and a pioneer in Christian-Jewish relations.
- Middle East Peace Is 'Possible,' Cardinal Says (01-214)
December 5, 2001
Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is still possible despite last weekend's deadly terrorist attacks in Israel, according the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee, who called the attacks "moral obscenities."
- U.S. Bishops' Express Solidarity with Cuba (01-199)
November 14, 2001
Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, today sent a message of support and solidarity to his counterpart at the Cuban bishops' conference in the wake of Hurricane Michelle which swept across Cuba last week.
- 'The Hour of Africa Has Come' Bishops Declare (01-198)
November 14, 2001
In the face of daunting challenges like armed conflict, grinding poverty, and the spread of deadly disease, the nation's Catholic bishops today called for hope and greater solidarity with the Church and the peoples of Africa.
- Letter Express Condolence, Condemnation of Religious Violence in Pakistan (01-193)
November 7, 2001
The recent murder of innocent Christians at worship in Pakistan has prompted letters of condolence and condemnation from the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- I.R.A. Actions 'A Step Forward' (01-183)
October 25, 2001
Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston today hailed the "decommissioning" of arms by the Provisional Irish Republican Army and said the action "gives new life to the cause of a just peace in Northern Ireland."
- Catholic Bishops' Conference President Issues Statement on Military Action (01-175)
October 9, 2001
As our nation undertakes military action, our Bishops' Conference calls for continued prayer, resolve and restraint in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11.
- Bishops' Delegation to Central America to Assess Migration Issues (00-262)
October 26, 2000
Understanding the source and reasons for migration from three Central American countries, as well as how U.S. policies affect migration flows are part of the agenda for a delegation of U.S. Bishops visiting the region October 29 to November 4.
- Bishops' Delegation to Central America to Assess Migration Issues (00-258)
October 24, 2000
The U.S. bishops will discuss a statement on crime and criminal justice during their Nov. 13-16 meeting in Washington.
- Cardinal Law Issues Statement on Wounded Peace: Conflict in the Holy Land (00-251)
October 16, 2000
Cardinal Bernard Law, Chairman, Committee on International Policy, United States Catholic Conference, issued (October 16) a statement entitled "Wounded Peace: Conflict in the Holy Land."
- Trafficking in Persons a 'Moral Issue,' an 'Abominable Practice' (00-124)
May 16, 2000
The chairman of the Bishops' Migration Committee today welcomed congressional action on legislation addressing the growing international problem of trafficking in humans, which mostly impacts poor women and children.
- Cardinal Urges Easing of Cuban Embargo (00-113)
May 9, 2000
The U. S. embargo against Cuba should be ended, the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee told members of the House Appropriations Committee in a letter delivered Monday.
- Human Rights Record Precludes Trade Status for China (00-086)
April 13, 2000
The recent deterioration of China's human rights record should not be rewarded by the United States with "permanent normal trade relations," the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee urged Members of Congress today.
- Cardinal Keeler Declares Bishops' Strong Support for Pain Relief Promotion Act (00-078)
April 6, 2000
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore reaffirmed the Catholic Bishops' strong support for the Pain Relief Promotion Act.
- U.S. Superpower Status Carries Responsibility to Assist Less Fortunate Countries (00-075)
April 4, 2000
The United States has an obligation to assist poorer countries, especially in a time of great economic prosperity, according to testimony delivered this week to a House Appropriations Subcommittee on behalf of the nation's Catholic Bishops.
- Violence in Sudan Cannot Continue, Cardinal Says (00-076)
April 3, 2000
Citing two million dead and twice that many displaced by the 16-year civil war in Sudan, Cardinal Bernard Law today called for renewed efforts by the international community to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in that African nation.
- Progress Has Been Made, Crucial Steps Remain in Northern Ireland Peace Process (00-057)
March 16, 2000
The current impasse in the implementation of the Northern Ireland peace accord is creating a "dangerous void," and now is the time for all parties to act responsibly, according to the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- United States Has Abdicated Role, Should Recommit to Refugee Protection (99-185)
August 4, 1999
Although worldwide refugee populations are increasing and Americans have shown a willingness to assist them, the U.S. government has dramatically cut back the number of refugees allowed into the country, the Chairman of the Bishops' Migration Committee told Congress today.
- U.S. Involvement, Persistence Needed in Colombian Peace Process (99-182)
July 27, 1999
Recent setbacks in the Colombian peace process do not mean negotiation is wrong, according to the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee, who today recommended five actions the United States government should take in renewing its involvement.
- Congress Should Deny Favored Trading Status for China (99-169)
July 12, 1999
Congressional refusal to renew China's "normal trade" status will send "an unmistakably clear message about our national concern for the protection of basic human rights," according the Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee.
- Cooperation, Accountability Key to Kosovo Reconstruction (99-165)
July 9, 1999
In a statement released today, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee, called on all parties to work toward rebuilding a just and peaceful civil society in Kosovo, and pledged to work with religious leaders of all faiths to "repair the damage done by this terrible conflict."
- Congressional Testimony Endorses Debt Relief Legislation (99-140)
June 15, 1999
Legislation which would provide broader, deeper, and quicker debt relief to the world's poorest nations received endorsement from two key Bishops today in testimony before the House Banking and Financial Services Committee.
- Bishops Declaration on International Debt Relief Presented to German Chancellor (99-138)
June 14, 1999
International debt relief is "not a question of charity but of justice," according to a declaration by Catholic Bishops presented to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder this morning in Bonn.
- Principles Offered to Aid Kosovar Refugee Repatriation (99-134)
June 11, 1999
To ensure that Kosovar refugees are allowed to return to their homes "in security and dignity," the Chairman of the Bishops' Migration Committee today offered five principles to assist the efforts of the international community and humanitarian agencies.
- Peaceful East Timor Vote Hinges on International Involvement (99-131)
June 10, 1999
"Decisive action" by the international community will mean the difference between a peaceful vote and continued bloodshed in East Timor, according to the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- NCCB/USCC President Welcomes End of Kosovo Conflict (99-129)
June 10, 1999
In welcoming the end of the Kosovo conflict, the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference today expressed his hope that the settlement marks the beginning of a "more just and peaceful future for the Balkans."
- Third World Debt on Agenda for Justice Meeting; Children Suffer as Poor Nations Pay Interest on Billions in Loans (99-124)
June 1, 1999
Heavy national debts mean education and health services get short shrift in third world nations around the globe. That fact has prompted organizers of the National Catholic Gathering for Jubilee Justice to make debt forgiveness a key issue for their meeting slated for July 15-18 in Los Angeles.
- Clinton Proposal on Debt Relief a 'Significant Step' (99-084)
April 16, 1999
A new Clinton Administration proposal for relieving the debt burden of some of the world's poorest countries sparked optimism with two U.S. Bishops recognized for their leadership in international affairs.
- Eight U.S. Cardinals Urge Milosevic, Clinton to Negotiate Peace 99-074)
April 1, 1999
The eight U.S. Cardinals, in an extraordinary joint action, have sent letters to President Clinton and Yugoslavia's President Slobodan Milosevic calling for an end to all violence in Kosovo and the immediate return to negotiations.
- Bishops' President Outlines Four Steps for Peace in Kosovo (99-073)
March 31, 1999
Citing mounting evidence of a "massive, widespread, and systematic campaign of aggression and ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo at the hands of Yugoslav authorities, the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference today outlined four steps for ending the unfolding human tragedy in the Balkans.
- Bishops Urge Pilgrims to Encounter 'Living Church' in the Holy Land (99-070)
March 26, 1999
With thousands of pilgrims expected to visit the Holy Land during the Jubilee Year 2000, the Bishops' Administrative Board this week approved guidelines for pilgrims designed to make their visit "an occasion to build solidarity between American pilgrims and the Church in the Holy Land."
- Hurricane Relief Includes Immigration Assistance, Bishops' President Urges (99-067)
March 25, 1999
Recovery efforts following last year's devastating Hurricane Mitch could be boosted with two changes in U.S. immigration policy, according to a letter to President Clinton released today.
- Bombing 'Poses Difficult Moral and Policy Questions: Bishops' President Issues Statement on NATO Action (99-064)
March 24, 1999
The international community must respond to the crisis in Kosovo, but the NATO bombing campaign poses "difficult moral and policy questions," the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference said today.
- Poverty Reduction, Human Development Should Be Focus of Debt Relief (99-058)
March 18, 1999
Expediting debt relief to the world's most heavily indebted nations and placing a greater emphasis on human development are among the goals advocated by two U.S. Bishops in comments submitted Monday to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
- Pursue Wider Agenda of Equality, Human Rights in Northern Ireland, Religious Leaders Urge (99-054)
March 16, 1999
In a joint statement to commemorate St. Patrick's Day, U.S. Presbyterian and Catholic leaders offered Americans three ways to support peacemakers in Northern Ireland, insisting that "a way forward must be found."
- Abp. McCarrick Again Urges U.S. to Sign Mine Ban Treaty Now in Effect (99-041)
March 1, 1999
In a statement welcoming the taking effect (March 1) of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick urged the United States to join the 134 other nations that have already signed the treaty.
- Chairman Conveys Concern to Indian Ambassador (99-037)
February 25, 1999
In the wake of increasing anti-Christian violence in India, the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee has formally conveyed his concerns to that nation's ambassador to the United States.
- Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe Set (99-025)
February 9, 1999
American Catholics will once again respond to the challenge of rebuilding the Church after decades of communist oppression when the collection to aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe is taken up in churches throughout the country this month.
- U.S. Church Leaders Protest Confiscation of Palestinians' Residency Cards (99-024)
February 8, 1999
The Israeli government's practice of confiscating the residency permits of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem is "an infringement upon the rights of all Palestinians, Christian and Muslim," according to a letter to the Israeli ambassador to the United States co-signed by three U.S. church leaders.
- Bishops' President Pledges Solidarity With Colombian Quake Victims (99-021)
February 1, 1999
In the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated parts of Colombia last week, the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference, has conveyed the sympathy and support of the U.S. Bishops.
- Cease-Fire, Dialogue Offer Best Hope for Kosovo (99-011)
January 21, 1999
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick today called the situation in Kosovo an "impending calamity," and urged all sides of the conflict to respect last year's cease fire and to return to dialogue.
- Military Strikes 'Deeply Troubling' for Archbishop (98-267)
December 17, 1998
Echoing Pope John Paul II's remarks earlier in the day, the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee today voiced opposition to the use of military force against Iraq.
- Archbishop Commemorates Universal Declaration of Human Rights (98-262)
December 8, 1998
Great strides have been made in the half century since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but much work remains to be done, according to the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Archbishop Welcomes Cuba's Announcement Regarding Christmas (98-260)
December 4, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick today praised the announcement by Cuba's government that it is reinstating Christmas as a holiday. The Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee said the decision indicates a willingness to heed Pope John Paul II's call for greater openness.
- Letter Urges Discussion of Human Rights in Pakistan (98-255)
December 2, 1998
The concerns of Catholic and other minority communities in Pakistan should be included in discussions this week between the Pakistani Prime Minister and senior U.S. officials, according to the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Bishops' President Calls for 'New Approaches' For Ending Iraqi Crisis (98-247)
November 19, 1998
The President of the nation's Bishops today called for "new thinking and new approaches" to the ongoing crisis in Iraq, and again appealed "for political solutions rather than military force and fresh efforts to ease the continuing, unmerited suffering of innocent Iraqi civilians under U.N. sanctions."
- Bipartisan Commission on U.S.-Cuba Relations Commended (98-229)
November 4, 1998
A proposed bipartisan commission on U.S.-Cuba relations could be the catalyst needed to bring about positive change, according to the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- USCC Official Hails Passage of Freedom from Religious Persecution Act (98-211)
October 15, 1998
Gerard F. Powers, Director of the Office for International Justice and Peace, United States Catholic Conference, hailed passage of the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act (H.R. 2431). This is the text of his statement, issued October 13.
- Renewed Mid-East Peace Negotiations Should Restore Hope (98-212)
October 14, 1998
Israeli and Palestinian leaders meeting tomorrow in Washington should seize the opportunity at hand to make progress towards peace "without hesitation," according to the Chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Violence in Kosovo is 'Chillingly Similar' To Recent Balkan History (98-184)
September 1, 1998
Escalating hostilities in Kosovo threaten to become a humanitarian catastrophe for many of the estimated 320,000 civilians displaced by the conflict, according to one U.S. Archbishop who recently returned from the war-torn Yugoslav province.
- Bishop Urges 'Durable Solutions' for Plight of Refugees (98-166)
July 21, 1998
Following a recent visit to a Kenyan refugee camp, one U.S. Bishop is urging the international community to find durable solutions for the plight of refugees.
- Congress Should Deny Favored Trading Status For China (98-165)
July 21, 1998
Congressional refusal to renew China's "most favored nation" trading status will send a strong message to the Clinton Administration, according the Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee.
- All Parties Should Recommit to Middle East Peace Process, Archbishop Advises (98-149)
June 26, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee, issued a statement yesterday in which he urged all parties to the Middle East peace process to negotiate in good faith, especially the most sensitive issues like the status of Jerusalem.
- Senate Religious Liberty Bill Earns 'General Support,' Suggestions for Improvement (98-146)
June 25, 1998
On-going congressional efforts to make international religious liberty a top foreign policy priority are welcome, according to a U.S. Catholic Conference official, who offered "general support" for pending Senate legislation.
- Bishops Urge President to Press Religious Liberty During Summit with Chinese Leaders (98-142)
June 18, 1998
Religious liberty should be "at the very heart" of President Clinton's upcoming discussions with the leaders of China, according to two U.S. Bishops in letters to the Administration.
- Press For Human Rights Progress in East Timor, Archbishop Urges (98-131)
June 5, 1998
With the recent changes in the government of Indonesia, the time is ripe for the U.S. government to press for progress on human rights issues in East Timor, according to Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark (NJ).
- U.S.C.C. Official Supports Hearings On Legislation to Assist Torture Victims (98-132)
June 5, 1998
Congressional hearings will help to draw attention to the victims of torture, an "issue that calls out for greater attention by all of us," according to the Bishops' advisor on international affairs.
- U.S., Cuban Bishops in Solidarity on Humanitarian Aid (98-133)
June 5, 1998
While the resumption of direct flights from the United States to Cuba is welcome progress, two U.S. Bishops are again calling for an end to the restrictions on the sale of food and medicines to Cuba.
- Archbishop Welcomes U.S. Commitment to Sign Landmines Treaty (98-120)
May 27, 1998
A conditioned new commitment by the Clinton Administration to sign the Ottawa Treaty banning anti-personnel landmines is welcome news, according to the Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee.
- 'Significant Risk for a Future of Peace' in Northern Ireland (98-118)
May 26, 1998
Religious leaders in the United States today offered their "heartfelt congratulations" to the people of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic following Friday's overwhelming ratification of the "Good Friday Agreement," which seeks to end nearly 30 years of violence.
- 'Compromise and Accommodation' Should Mark Renewed Mid-East Peace Talks (98-112)
May 19, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, and Chairman of the U.S. Catholic International Policy Committee, has encouraged all parties in the Middle East peace talks to recommit themselves to the process to ensure a speedy "peace with justice" in the region.
- Archbishop Dismayed by India's Nuclear Tests (98-111)
May 18, 1998
India's detonation of five nuclear weapons last week "raises troubling moral issues," according to the Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee, who urged restraint in any U.S. response.
- G-8 Nations Have Moral Obligation to Assist the World's Poor (98-107)
May 15, 1998
The chairman of the U.S. Bishops' International Policy Committee yesterday reminded the leaders of the Group of Eight nations gathering in England for their annual summit of the "moral obligation of creditor nations to contribute to the well being of millions of poor people around the world."
- Chairman Urges Support for 'Freedom from Religious Persecution Act' (98-103)
May 12, 1998
Foreign aid should be linked to a country's record on religious liberty, according to the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee, who has again urged support for legislation scheduled for a vote this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Apb. McCarrick Mourns Death of Catholic Bishop in Pakistan (98-099)
May 8, 1998
Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Chairman of the International Policy Committee, United States Catholic Conference, issued a statement mourning the death of Most Reverend John Joseph, Bishop of Faisalabad, Pakistan, a leading human rights activist in that country.
- Guatemalan Bishop's Murder 'A Terrible Shock,' 'Despicable Crime' (98-090)
April 27, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick today offered prayers and condolences to the people of Guatemala following the brutal murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera Sunday in Guatemala City.
- Northern Ireland Agreement 'Victory for Dialogue over Violence' (98-080)
April 14, 1998
The chairman of the U.S. Bishops' International Policy Committee today hailed last week's Northern Ireland Agreement as "a way forward," and urged Americans to continue their support for those who are genuinely committed to a just and lasting peace in Ulster.
- U.S. Bishops Issue Statement on Kosovo (98-068)
March 25, 1998
The U.S. Bishops voiced concern over repression and violence in Kosovo, in a March 25 statement from Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee. The statement follows.
- Catholic Conference And National Council of Churches Issue Joint Statement on Nigeria (98-067)
March 25, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Chairman of the Committee on International Policy, United States Catholic Conference, and Dr. Joan B. Campbell, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, have issued a joint statement on the situation in Nigeria.
- Catholic Bishops' Leaders on International Issues Applauds Clinton Action on Cuba (98-066)
March 20, 1998
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference Committee on International Policy applauded President Clinton's lifting of some restrictions on aid to Cuba in a March 20 Statement.
- Archbishop Urges President to Focus on Human Rights During Visit to Africa (98-063)
March 19, 1998
Human rights is a challenge confronting each of the six countries on President Clinton's upcoming visit to Africa, and the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee is urging him to focus on rights and other humanitarian issues.
- Archbishop Hails Release of Cuban Prisoners, Asks Reciprocal Action (98-040)
February 13, 1998
The Chairman of the United States Catholic Conference Committee on International Policy expressed satisfaction that the Cuban government has granted the Pope's request to release a certain number of detainees from the list presented to the Cuban authorities by the Holy See.
- In Letter to President Clinton, Cardinals and Bishops' Head Express "Grave Concern" about Readiness to Attack Iraq; They Urge Diplomacy to Ensure Iraqi Compliance (98-036)
February 13, 1998
In a letter to President Clinton, seven American Cardinals and the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops said they view "with grave concern" the administration's readiness to use military force to compel Iraq to comply with U.N. sanctions.
- Letter to Secretary Albright Urges Means Other than War to Contain Iraq (98-031)
February 10, 1998
In a four-page letter to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, the chairman of the International Policy Committee, United States Catholic Conference (USCC) said "Means short of war must be found to contain and overcome the Iraqi regime's threat to its own people and to the world."
- USCC Official Tells Summit: Bishops Hope 'To Move a Nation' on Religious Persecution (98-029)
February 4, 1998
Raising public awareness to the issue of religious persecution abroad must be a priority for the United States Government, one U.S. Catholic Conference official told the Religious Leaders' Summit on Religious Persecution meeting today in Washington.
- Archbishop Welcomes New Inquiry Into Northern Ireland's 'Bloody Sunday' (98-027)
February 2, 1998
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision last week to reopen the investigation into Northern Ireland's "Bloody Sunday" is important to the "process of healing and reconciliation" in Northern Ireland, according to the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Algerian Crimes Against Humanity Labeled 'Intolerable' (98-018)
January 26, 1998
The Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee has urged the Clinton Administration "to support and encourage all efforts to bring peace" to strife-torn Algeria.
- Archbishop Offers Condolences After Mexican Massacre (98-004)
January 6, 1998
Following a Christmas week massacre of 45 villagers in the Mexican state of Chiapas, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick has sent a letter of sympathy to the Bishop of the local diocese.
- Bishops "Disappointed" in U.S. Failure to Sign Landmine Treaty (97-264)
December 3, 1997
The refusal of the United States to join more than 100 other nations signing a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines this week in Ottawa is a deep disappointment for Catholics and their Bishops, according to a letter delivered to President Clinton today.
- Bishops' President Expresses Solidarity With Church in Iraq (97-253)
November 14, 1997
The President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops today expressed the solidarity of the Bishops of the United States with the Church and the suffering people of Iraq, noting that the innocent citizens of Iraq should not have to bear the brunt of legitimate international efforts to hold the Iraqi government accountable for its threats to peace.
- Bishops Challenge Parishes to Greater Global Solidarity (97-250)
November 12, 1997
Greater solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world must be a high priority for Catholic parishes in the United States, according to a statement approved by the nation's Bishops today during their annual fall meeting.
- Bishops Extend Collection for Church in Eastern Europe (97-249)
November 11, 1997
The Catholic Bishops of the United States have approved an indefinite extension of their national collection and of the Office to Aid the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
- USCC Delegation Returns from Northern Ireland (97-248)
November 11, 1997
From October 29-31, Most Reverend Raymond Boland, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, led a USCC delegation to Northern Ireland to attend the eighth annual meeting of the Inter-Church Committee on Northern Ireland.
- Bishops Asked to Extend Collection for Church in Eastern Europe (97-242)
November 4, 1997
The Catholic Bishops of the United States will be asked at their semi-annual meeting here to approve a three-year extension of the national collection and of the Office to Aid the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Inadequate Efforts in Central Africa Weaken International Community's Credibility, Archbishop Advises (97-237)
October 29, 1997
The failure of efforts to stem the violence in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa has weakened the credibility of the international community, the chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee warned in a letter made public today.
- Press Religious Liberty with Chinese President, USCC Official Urges Secretary of State (97-235)
October 28, 1997
The Chinese government continues to seek "excessive control" over the Catholic Church, according to one U.S. Catholic Conference official, who today urged Secretary of State Madeliene Albright to press the issue with China's visiting President Jiang Zemin.
- Archbishop Hails Peace Prize Choice (97-220)
October 10, 1997
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, who chairs the U.S. Catholic Conference International Policy Committee, today praised the decision to award this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
- Russian Religion Law a 'Significant Step Back,' Archbishop Says (97-213)
September 29, 1997
Russian President Boris Yeltsin's enactment of a law restricting religious practices is "a significant step back from progress made in the past decade on religious freedom," according to one U.S. Archbishop.
- Despite Improvements, Religious Intolerance in Europe Persists, USCC Official Testifies (97-204)
September 19, 1997
While Central and Eastern Europeans enjoy much greater religious liberty today than before the democratic revolutions of 1989, religious tensions and discrimination persist, according to one official of the U.S. Catholic Conference who testified yesterday before Congress.
- U.S. Decision on Landmines a "Lost Opportunity" (97-203)
September 18, 1997
President Clinton's decision yesterday to reject a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines is a lost opportunity for U.S. leadership, according to the Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference's International Policy Committee.
- U.S.C.C. Officials Welcome Congressional Initiative to Counter Religious Persecution (97-197)
September 12, 1997
Protecting religious liberty and human rights abroad should be a priority of U.S. foreign policy, two United States Catholic Conference officials told Members of Congress this week, welcoming "new allies in this work and new congressional action."
- Archbishop Condemns Bombing in Jerusalem, Asks U.S. Catholic (97-191)
September 8, 1997
The Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference's International Policy Committee has condemned the terrorist bombings in Jerusalem's Ben Yehuda market last week and asked Catholics in the United States to pray for an end to the violence in the Middle East.
- Israel, Palestinian Authority Urged to Take Steps To Break Peace Process Impasse (97-187)
September 2, 1997
Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority must take immediate actions to ensure continued progress in the Middle East peace process, according to the chairman of the Bishops' International Policy Committee.
- Bishops' Conference Welcomes U.S. Decision to Join Ottawa Landmine Process, Urges Commitment to Early and Comprehensive Ban (97-175)
August 19, 1997
An official of the U.S. Catholic Conference today welcomed yesterday's announcement that the United States government would participate in international negotiations, known as the Ottawa Process, for the purpose of concluding a treaty to ban antipersonnel landmines. The decision to participate in the Ottawa Process reverses a decision made earlier this year to seek a ban on landmines within the structure of United Nations negotiations.
- Conference President Presses for Quick U.S. Action On Landmines Ban (97-165)
August 5, 1997
In the continuing effort to press the United States government to participate in international efforts to secure an early ban on landmines, the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference has again urged President Clinton to exercise "strong, unambiguous, and convincing U.S. leadership now" on antipersonnel landmines.
- Archbishop Condemns Bombing in Jerusalem (97-163)
July 30, 1997
Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference's International Policy Committee, condemned today's double bombing in Jerusalem, calling it a "reprehensible act of terrorism."
- Archbishop Applauds Release of Report on Religious Persecution (97-160)
July 23, 1997
The chairman of the U.S. Catholic Conference's International Policy Committee welcomed the release of a new State Department report on persecution of Christians abroad, saying it "raises the curtain on the hidden reality of persecution."
- Rule of Law Essential to Peace in Northern Ireland, Religious Leaders Tell British Ambassador (97-155)
July 16, 1997
Preventing a repeat of the recent sectarian violence associated with Northern Ireland's Orange Order marches will require that "serious issues of democratic governance and the rule of law" be addressed, two U.S. religious leaders advised the British ambassador to the United States in a letter yesterday.
- Bishops Urge Resumption of Direct Humanitarian Flights to Cuba (97-119)
June 9, 1997
Transportation costs for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Cuba have skyrocketed following the prohibition on direct flights from the United States to Cuba nearly 18 months ago, and two U.S. Bishops are urging President Clinton to lift the suspension.
- New Catholic Campaign to Ban Landmines Launched (97-121)
June 12, 1997
The U.S. Catholic Conference today announced a Catholic Campaign to Ban Landmines involving a wide variety of organizations in renewed efforts to educate and advocate for a global ban on anti-personnel landmines.
- State Department Meeting to Be Chaired by Archbishop McCarrick (97-122)
June 12, 1997
Several international figures will address a regional meeting of the U.S. State Department's Advisory Subcommittee on Religion and Conflict Resolution, chaired by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, which will meet next week in New York City to begin defining its agenda.
- Judge's Decision Barring Deportation of Nicaraguans Hailed (97-136)
June 24, 1997
A Federal Court judge's decision to block the removal of Nicaraguans, many of whom had the protection of the United States government, was hailed today by Bishop John S. Cummins, the Chairman of the Bishops' Migration Committee.
- USCC Official "Disappointed" by Vote to Renew China's Trading Status (97-139)
June 25, 1997
An advisor to the Bishops on international affairs today expressed disappointment that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a one-year extension of Most Favored Nation status for China and criticized the Clinton Administration and Congress for failing adequately to address religious persecution in China.
- Letters Urge Veto of Russian Religious Freedom Bill Detrimental to Catholics (97-147)
June 30, 1997
A newly passed law awaiting Russian President Boris Yeltsin's action poses the potential for "hardship for Russian Catholics" and should be vetoed, according to two letters sent to the Russian ambassador recently.
- Catholic Bishops Oppose Renewing MFN for China (97-109)
May 21, 1997
An official of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) declared at a news conference here that the Catholic Bishops oppose renewal of most favored nation status for China because "it is the best available means to send a clear signal to the Chinese government that the United States will not ignore pervasive violations of religious liberty, human dignity and the rights of workers."
- Archbishop Issues Statement on the Former Zaire; Makes Plea for Refugees from Rwanda (97-106)
May 20, 1997
Following the overthrow of the Mobutu regime by the rebel army in Zaire, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick has called for international attention to be focused on the perilous situation in Africa's Great Lakes region.
- Foreign Aid Is a Moral Obligation for the United States (97-088)
April 24, 1997
Foreign assistance is more than a budgetary matter, it is a moral obligation, a representative for the United States Catholic Conference told members of a congressional subcommitteetoday, urging a reversal of the pattern of declining U.S. aid.
- U.S. Moral Credibility at Stake with Chemical Weapons Ratification, Archbishop Warns (97-083)
April 15, 1997
Failure by the United States Senate to ratify an international agreement banning chemical weapons "will diminish the moral credibility of the United States around the world," according the Chairman of the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Catholic Conference.
- Archbishop Urges U.S., International Food Aid To Avert 'Major Humanitarian Disaster' (97-081)
April 11, 1997
Based on recent news reports from North Korea that "millions of people are going to starve to death" in coming months without massive international assistance, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark (NJ) is urging the Clinton Administration to take the lead in averting catastrophe.
- U.S., International Efforts Must Bring Cease Fire, Democratic Transition to Zaire, Archbishop Urges (97-076)
April 8, 1997
The continuing violence in Zaire is having a destabilizing effect on the entire Great Lakes region of Africa, and one Archbishop is calling on the United States to "employ all diplomatic means" to bring about a cease-fire and the democratization of that troubled nation.
- Religious Persecution, Lack of Freedom Still Reality, Archbishop Laments (97-073
April 2, 1997
At least 46 Catholic missionaries were killed in 1996, and state sponsored persecution of Christians continued in many parts of the world, according to a statement by the chairman of the Bishops' Committee on International Policy released today.
- Unlawful Detention of Priests in Mexico Draws Protest From U.S. Bishops (97-067)
March 21, 1997
Two U.S. Bishops have spoken out against the illegal arrest and detention of two Mexican priests, together with two assistants, earlier this month, and have urged a full investigation of what is being called "religious persecution."
- Amid Renewed Violence, Archbishop Urges United States to Revive Middle East Peace Process (97-068)
March 21, 1997
Recent actions raise questions about the role of the United States as an honest broker in the Middle East peace process, according to on U.S. Archbishop, who today urged clear American leadership in reviving the negotiations.
- Archbishop Urges Americans "Do Not Tire of Supporting Peace in Northern Ireland" (97-057)
March 14, 1997
The support of the United States government and individual citizens for the peace process in Northern Ireland continues to be as important as ever, and "Americans must not tire of supporting" those who work for a just and lasting peace, according to the U.S. Catholic Bishops' advisor on international affairs.
- Ecumenical Speaking Tour on Northern Ireland Visits D.C. Area (97-041)
February 21, 1997
Catholic and Protestant leaders from Northern Ireland will be in the Washington area for several speaking engagements and meetings February 22-25. Fr. John McManus and Presbyterian minister Dr. John Ross will meet with several government and church groups to discuss the ongoing conflict in Northern Ireland and the challenges the churches face in their promotion of justice, peace and reconciliation.
- Bosnian Cardinal to Give Progress Report on Balkan Situation (97-038)
February 19, 1997
A key player in the efforts to build peace in the former Yugoslavia will make several public appearances and attend a number of private meetings in Washington over the weekend, discussing the current situation in the Balkan region and efforts to strengthen the fragile peace currently in effect.
- Bosnian Cardinal to Meet With U.N. Secretary-General Thursday (97-031)
February 21, 1997
Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, touring in the United States during February, will meet U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday, February 13, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- Archbishop Fears Landmine Decision by U.S. Misses Opportunity (97-023)
January 30, 1997
"The United States continues to miss opportunities" in achieving an international ban on anti-personnel landmine, according to the Bishops' chief spokesman on international affairs. Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, who chairs the U.S. Catholic Conferences International Policy Committee, expressed his concerns this week in a letter to Samuel Berger, President Clinton's acting National Security Advisor.
- Convincing U.S. Leadership Necessary Now for Global Landmine Ban, NCCB/USCC President Tells Clinton (97-010)
January 14, 1997
The U.S. must exert "unambiguous and convincing" leadership now to secure a global ban on anti-personnel landmine, the president of the U.S. Catholic Bishops has urged President Clinton as he decides how to proceed toward a ban.
- USCC to Push for U.S. Support of Guatemalan Peace Plan (97-004)
January 6, 1997
The U.S. Catholic Conference will press the U.S. government for increased economic support for Guatemala to ensure the success of recently signed peace agreements, according to several representatives of the USCC.
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