US Bishops’ Justice News April

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

“It is not enough to handle the grave crisis of immigration of recent years as if it were a mere numerical or economic problem, or a question of security. . . . We end up dominated by the fear that others will wrench us from our usual habits, deprive us of familiar comforts, and somehow call into question a lifestyle that all too often consists of material prosperity alone. . . . Today’s prosperity seems to have clipped the continent’s wings and lowered its gaze. . . . Europe finds new hope when she invests in development and in peace. Development is not the result of a combination of various systems of production. It has to do with the whole human being: the dignity of labor, decent living conditions, access to education and necessary medical care. ‘Development is the new name of peace,’ said Pope Paul VI, for there is no true peace whenever people are cast aside or forced to live in dire poverty. There is no peace without employment and the prospect of earning a dignified wage. There is no peace in the peripheries of our cities, with their rampant drug abuse and violence.”

– Pope Francis, Address to the Heads of State
and Government of the European Union,
Mar. 24, 2017

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.

Webinar to Get Ready for World Refugee Day

On April 12 at 1 p.m. EST, join USCCB Migration and Refugee Services for a webinar on “Planning and Preparing for World Refugee Day.” To participate, simply dial in to (267) 279-9000, enter pin 953251# and view the presentation at  The webinar will prepare you to participate in World Refugee Day on June 20, including media strategies and an overview of materials available.


Labeling for Lent: An Effort to Prevent Human Trafficking

The United States imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain. This Lent, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT), of which USCCB is a member, is engaging in a “Labeling for Lent” campaign. CCOAHT wants to ask seafood companies that are engaged in cleaning up their supply chains to label their packaged products. Through labeling, we as consumers can make educated purchasing choices that help eradicate human trafficking. You can help by completing this short, five-question survey. We will use the results to show companies that Catholics want the choice to buy slave-free seafood.


V Encuentro Supports Ethical Trade

Across the country, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and numerous national and regional collaborators are currently leading the V Encuentro process to form leaders, evangelize the community and profoundly shape the future vision for Hispanic Ministry in the Church.  As part of this process, half a million Hispanic leaders will be commissioned using sustainably produced crosses from a CRS Ethical Trade partner. The impact of this decision means that 30 full time workers are paid a living wage with benefits, wood is sustainably and responsibly farmed and revenue is generated for CRS to help workers around the world. Learn more about CRS Ethical Trade and visit the on-line ethical shopping guide to consider how you can join the effort


Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross provide us with the opportunity to journey with Christ on his way to the cross. Today, so many of our brothers and sisters still walk that hard road to Calvary. Check out CRS Rice Bowl’s Stations of the Cross Digital Retreats and reflect on how you can be Simon or Veronica for someone in need. Watch now.