The Catholic Campaign for Peace in the Holy Land is part of an unprecedented interreligious initiative. This initiative engages Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders and communities in a coordinated effort to promote a just peace in the Middle East. The Catholic Campaign builds upon and complements the ongoing efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pursue a just peace.
The Catholic Campaign for Peace in the Holy Land calls on diocesan bishops and Catholic leaders to partner actively with local religious leaders in the Jewish, Muslim and other Christian traditions. The goal is to create a shared commitment to the broad outlines of a just resolution of the conflict and to raise a united voice with policy makers and the wider public.
We launch this Catholic Campaign for Peace in the Middle East for at least three reasons. Our faith demands it. Our Churchs leaders call us to it. Our Church is well situated to build bridges.
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- National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East
- A Nationwide Network of Local Interreligious Initiatives Working for Peace in the Middle East
- Twelve Urgent Steps for Peace
- An Urgent Appeal to the President
- National Interreligious Leadership List
- Sample Press Release
- Guidelines for Supporting the Appeal to the President
- Sample Op-Ed
- Prayers for Peace in the Middle East
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Background Documents
- Remarks by Cardinal William Keeler, National Press Club, January 12, 2005
- Remarks by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, National Press Club, December 2, 2005
- Statement read by Bishop William Skylstad to Presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, January 11 & 13, 2005
- Statement by Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, November 11, 2004
- Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Violence by the USCCB Administrative Committee, March 13, 2002
- A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, June 15, 2001
- National Interreligious Leadership Initiative Background Documents