- Jan 28, 2020
Americans need to pray for peace in Nicaragua as the country faces continuing political tensions, violence and attacks on churches, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services was one of seven U.S. religious leaders asking that any new North American Free Trade Agreement “avoid enhanced and extended monopolies on life-essential medicines.”
The chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee echoed Pope Francis in calling for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land amid ongoing violence between Israel and Palestinians.
The U.S. bishops say the proposed tax reform bill in Congress “appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy. This is simply unconscionable.” They also criticize the elimination of the adoption tax credit and adoption assistance program exclusion.
Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Stephen Hilbert, the bishops’ foreign policy adviser for Africa and global development, visited the Democratic Republic of Congo Oct. 27-Nov. 3 and met with government officials, opposition and civil society leaders.