US Bishops’ July Justice News


Put your faith into action.

This edition of “Notes for Neighbors” can help you put faith in action by loving your neighbor in your own back yard and on the other side of the globe. We hope you will enjoy these resources and share them with others.

Featured Quote from Pope Francis

The gravity, complexity and interconnection of world problems is such that there can be no immediate and completely satisfying solutions. Sadly, the migration crisis, which is inseparable from the issue of poverty and exacerbated by armed conflicts, is proof of this.  It is possible, though, to set in motion processes that can offer solutions that are progressive and not traumatic, and which can lead in relatively short order to free circulation and to a settlement of persons that would be to the advantage of all.  . . .  An effective solution, necessarily spread over time, will be possible only if the final objective of the process is clearly present in its planning.  In the minds and hearts of government leaders, and at every phase of the enactment of political measures, there is a need to give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, the suffering, evacuees and the excluded, without distinction of nation, race, religion or culture, and to reject armed conflicts.

–Pope Francis, Message to Participants in the G20 Meeting, June 29, 2017

Joy of the Gospel Convocation for Catholic Leaders—Listen to the Highlights!

Watch several dozen videos featuring some of the highlights from the July 1-4, 2017 Convocation in Orlando, FL, including Cardinal Tobin’s reflection on missionary discipleship; plenary sessions such as Dr. Hosffman Ospino on immigration and the changing landscape of the mission field; panelists including Helen Alvaré, Kerry Weber, and others; the Encountering Jesus, Healer of Wounds and Source of Mercy reflection; and more.

In the News

The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.

From, blog of the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Here are some recent blog entries that may be of interest to you.

Limited Funds Still Available: Small Grants to Foster Social Justice-Hispanic Ministry Collaboration

To help diocesan social justice and Hispanic ministry staff build stronger relationships, the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development offices for Education & Outreach and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development launched a new small grants program which, in 2017, will fund up to 20 grants of $1,000 each to “kick start” new collaboration, or strengthen existing collaboration, between social justice and Hispanic ministry staff at the diocesan level.  The grants are intended to support collaborative projects around know-your-rights work, leadership and formation efforts, the process of the V National Encuentro, and other important areas.  To help spark ideas, please watch this webinar recording, and see this handout on Hispanic ministry-social justice diocesan collaboration from JPHD and the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry. Funds are limited, so apply soon!

As always, thank you for your work to proclaim the Church’s social mission and inspire solidarity with our neighbors.