U.S. Catholic Bishops Urge Secretary of State to Pursue an Israeli–Hamas Ceasefire

July 21, 2014 by

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry as he readies for a diplomatic mission to the Middle East. The USCCB points out that Catholic Relief Services is prepared to resume humanitarian and development assistance to Gaza’s vulnerable population when a ceasefire is achieved.

Signed by Bishop Richard Pates, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, the letter states,

“In addition to seeking an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief for the people of Gaza, I urge you to reengage in the difficult, but essential, work of building a just and lasting peace. Only the emergence of a viable and independent Palestinian state living alongside a recognized and secure Israel will bring the peace for which majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians yearn.”

Please see the USCCB’s press release for a link to the full text of the letter and more information on the U.S. bishops’ advocacy on Israeli–Palestinian peace.

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