US Bishops’ November 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

“Poverty is not an inevitable misfortune: it has causes that must be recognized and removed, in order to honor the dignity of many brothers and sisters, after the example of the Saints.”

– Pope Francis, Angelus, 10/15/17


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 posts that may be of interest to you.


Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2018 Registration is Open! Apply for Diversity Scholarships by Nov. 10

Registration for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) on Feb. 3-6, 2018 is now open! Get info and register here. In order to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church, partial scholarships are being made available to attend CSMG as part of the CSMG Diversity Outreach Initiative. Both an application and a recommendation are required in order to be considered for a scholarship. Deadline: November 10, 2017


Day of Prayer and Week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians

The U.S. Catholic bishops have designated Sunday, Nov. 26, as A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians that initiates “Solidarity in Suffering,” a Week of Awareness and Education.  USCCB is collaborating with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services, CNEWA and Aid to the Church in Need on this observance.  Visit this webpage for resources such as homily notes, intercessions, a prayer card, backgrounders, logos, recommended aid agencies, and more. On social media, use #SolidarityInSuffering.


Poverty Awareness Month (January) Materials – Available Now!

Take up Pope Francis’ challenge to go to the peripheries by participating in Poverty Awareness Month in January.  An online and print calendar (also en Español) includes daily ways to learn about poverty, get inspired by how communities are responding, and take action with others.  In addition to the calendar are longer daily reflections (also en Español). You can also sign up to receive the daily reflections by email.  Share these materials with Catholics in your diocese and follow the action on Facebook and Twitter.


New CST 101 Video: Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The 7th and final video in the Catholic Social Teaching 101 video series, on the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, is now available. The video series is a joint collaboration of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services. All seven videos, plus CST101 discussion guides, handouts, and posters are on the Catholic Social Teaching 101 page of


1st World Day of the Poor is Nov. 19

Pope Francis has named Nov. 19 the 1st World Day of the Poor—the same day as the national collection to support the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program.  A pastoral aid (also en Español) is available for this day and includes a homily help, Prayer of the Faithful, a sample bulletin announcement, parish activity ideas, and more. This new resource supplements other education and prayer materials available for the CCHD collection, which is the only annual opportunity to raise essential funds to support the work of over 200 anti-poverty organizations around the country.


College and Universities Can Participate in CSMG through the Young Leaders Initiative

We hope to welcome at least 100 students from 30 campuses as part of the Young Leaders Initiative at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) on Feb. 3-6. Please share this information with colleges, universities, and campus ministries in your diocese and urge them to complete an interest form in order to participate (due Nov. 21).