U.S. bishops' Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities releases report: The Catholic Church has a "tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace," said a report by a U.S. bishops' task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year's incidents of violence and racial tensions.
Joseph E. Kurtz
Faith and Justice: A routine agenda item during the 2016 USCCB fall meeting turned out to be one of the most emotionally charged.
Washington: The task force will help bishops engage directly in challenging problems highlighted by the racial problems following recent shootings.
Several U.S. bishops and archbishops have made statements expressing condolences to survivors and family members of victims of the June 12 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide.
Despite rebuilding efforts, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti's expansive earthquake zone.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz applauded "heroic witness" of Catholic leaders in the region "who stand firm for human rights and democracy."