US Bishops’ Justice News: Special Edition on Racial Justice

“Every form of social or cultural discrimination
in fundamental personal rights
on the grounds of sex, race, color,
social conditions, language, or religion
must be curbed and eradicated
as incompatible with God’s design.”

Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, no. 29;
quoted by Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1935

Put your faith into action.

As we prepare to celebrate the annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, on Sept. 9, here are some resources to help you pray, reach out, learn and act for racial justice.

Pray for Peace and Racial Justice

Join with others on September 9 and beyond to pray for peace and racial justice. Some resources to help include this sample Prayer of the Faithful and the Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. Reflect on these words from Sr. Thea Bowman and pray about how the Holy Spirit is calling you to respond.

Encounter the Diversity of the Body of Christ

Visit the Diversity and Racial Justice page of WeAreSaltAndLight.org for ideas about how your faith community can welcome and celebrate diversity and form and nurture diverse leadership.

Learn about Racism, Share Church Teaching

Our rich Catholic tradition guides our efforts to address racism.

Reflect and Share

JPHD’s ToGoForth.org blog regularly features reflections on racial justice. These are available for sharing and re-publication in diocesan communications.

Between now and September 9, you can also find and share our daily memes on racial justice on Facebook and Twitter.

Take Action for Peace and Racial Justice

Here are some ideas from around the country about how faith communities are working to end racism.

You can get additional ideas on how you can work for racial justice with our recorded YouTube Live event, featuring leaders from Catholic faith communities in New Orleans, Springfield, IL, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Thank you for your work to protect the dignity of all members of our one human family by confronting racism in all its forms and by welcoming and celebrating the diversity of the many faces of the children of God in our communities. Visit the U.S. Catholic bishops page on racism to learn how the Church is praying, teaching, and acting against racism, and how you can get involved on Sept. 9 (the annual Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities), and beyond.