A panel of nationally recognized leaders will discuss how to create and foster constructive conversations about race and prejudice in Catholic schools, churches, homes and communities.  In a time of heated secular politics, tragic current events and a backdrop of historical prejudice, the panel will share practical insights drawing from the best of  the Catholic Social Thought tradition.  This conversation aims to build capacity among Catholic school and pastoral leaders to lead conversations about racism and other biases.  Participants are invited to ask questions.  We look forward to a very active conversation.

Register to view the 1 hour 15 minute webinar by clicking here.

USCCBClips Podcast: Episode 20 - Open Wide Our Hearts- The Pastoral Letter Against Racism, With Danielle Brown, listen by clicking here.

Brother Dale Recinella wins first-place award in "Resources for Ministry" in 2017 ACP Awards for his book "When We Visit Jesus in Prison"

When We Visit Jesus in Prison combines Catholic Church teaching, the best in current sociological and psychological thinking on incarceration, and the reflections and stories of a trained and certified Catholic lay chaplain who has been doing prison ministry for over twenty years after leaving a successful career as a lawyer in the financial industry.

Br. Dale is also presenting his workshop, 

"Answering the

Call to Visit

Jesus in Prison" 

at the upcoming

Congress XII!

U.S. Catholic Bishops Documents continued

When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, 2002

A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and to Respect the Dignity of All  God's Children | en Español,
December 2002

Statement on Iraq, November 2002  

Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Violence, March 2002

A Call to Solidarity with Africa en français, November 2001

A Pastoral Message: Living with  Faith and Hope After September 11, November 2001

Resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, June 2001

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good | en Español  June 2001

Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice en Español  November 2000

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity en Español  November 2000

Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice en Español 
November 1999

In All Things Charity: A  Pastoral Challenge for the New Millennium, November 1999

A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty | en Español  
April 1999

A Commitment to All  Generations: Social Security and the Common Good, May 1999

A Jubilee Call  for Debt Forgiveness, April 1999

Living the Gospel of Life en Español  November 1998

Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions en Español  June 1998

Called to Global Solidarity en Español  November 1997

A Catholic Framework for Economic Life en Español  November 1996

A Decade After Economic Justice for All en Español  November 1995

Respect Life Pastoral Care

Direct Services through Respect Life Office

Post-Abortion Healing:

Project Rachel Baltimore



Ministry to Families Who Have Lost Children Through Miscarriage:
Holy Innocents




Pastoral Care Education through Respect Life Office

Catholic vision for compassionate care at end of life:
In Joyful Hope

Prayer and education on life before birth:
Spiritual Adoption

Partner Ministries

Help for homeless pregnant women:
Gabriel Network



Help for pregnancy help:


Text HELPLINE to 313131

Help for families experiencing adverse prenatal diagnosis:
Isaiah’s Promise


Natural Family Planning:

Office of Marriage and Family Life



Office of Marriage and Family Life


Intimate Partner Violence:

Catholics for Family Peace


USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue
July 8, 2016

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism 
- 2001. collated in 2013

The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited
... Bishop Edward Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL
February 26, 2016

The Racial Divide in the United States:
A Reflection for the World Day of Peace
- Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL - 2015

Statement on Race Relations
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky

Statement on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
May 7, 2010

What We've Seen and What We've Heard: A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization ​| En Español
From the Black Bishops of the United States - September 9, 1984


Brothers and Sisters to Us - U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979

25th Anniversary Executive Summary We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight: The Church's Response to Racism in the Years Following

Reconciled Through Christ En Español - Published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this publication explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics.

On Racial Harmony - A Statement by the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference (August 23, 1963) that reaffirms the U.S. Catholic bishops' official position against racial discrimination and segregation.

Racism Backgrounder - A two-page background information sheet on systemic racism and the Church's response.


USCCB President Calls for Dialogue, Peace in the Midst of Violence
July 18, 2016

Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued a statement for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The full text can be downloaded by clicking the image to the left.

Newly-Released Papal Documents

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio of the Supreme Pontiff Francis
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus by which the Canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage are reformed, July 11, 2013.

National Crisis Intervention Hotlines and Helplines

During the November 2018 General Assembly, the U.S. Bishops Approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism."

​Click here to download letter.

The National Black Catholic Congress®

Join our mailing list:

Interview with Gloria Purvis on Race and Reparations

The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

USCCB Response to Racism

Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States

The Cara Report created for the USCCB contains statistical information about the different minorities in the Catholic Church.

Click image below to download.

USA National Child Abuse Hotline / 1-800-422-4453 (24/7)


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (24/7) Press 1 for Veterans line
Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 / Text TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

loveisrespect / 
1-866-331-9474/tty: 1-866-331-8453 (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline / 1-800-799-7233 (24/7)

RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
1-800-656-4673 (24/7)

The National Black Catholic Congress provides the following topics and materials for your use. If you would like the NBCC to include other materials or topics under this resource section, please send your request to us through the Contact Usform.

Bishop Edward Braxton's Video Addresses:

Featured Resources

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Racism and Racial Justice Resources for Catholics

National Eating Disorders Association
1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)

National Human Trafficking Resource Center / 1-888-373-7888

National Runaway Safeline / 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)

Veterans Crisis Line / Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

Catholic Foundational Documents

Papal and Vatican

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis...(On Social Concern) -Pope John Paul II, 1987

The Church and Racism:  Towards a more fraternal society...-Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1989

Centesimus Annus...(The Hundredth Year) -Pope John Paul II, 1991

Veritatis splendor...(The Splendor of Truth) -Pope John Paul II, 1993

Evangelium Vitae...(The Gospel of Life) -Pope John Paul II, 1995

Dignitas Personae...(The Dignity of a Person) -Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1998

Ecclesia in America...(The Church in America) -Pope John Paul II, 1999

Fides et Ratio...(Faith and Reason) -Pope John Paul II, 1998

Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political  Life...-Congregation for the Doctrine of the  Faith, 2002

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church... -Pontifical Council for Justice and  Peace, 2004

Deus Caritas Est... (God Is Love) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

Sacramentum Caritatis...(The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and  Mission) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 (especially paragraphs 47, 49, 82-84, and  88-92)

Caritas in Veritate... (Charity in Truth) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2009

Evangelii Gaudium... (The Joy of the Gospel) -Pope Francis, 2013

Laudato Si'... (On Care for Our Common Home) -Pope Francis, 2015

U.S. Catholic Bishops Documents
Create in Me a Clean Heart

A Pastoral Response to Pornography. November 2015.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, November 2015, November 2011, November 2007

Labor Day Statements

Respecting the Just Rights of Workers, June 2009

A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death en Español... November 2005

Catholics in Political Life, June 2004

"For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food" Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers, and Farmworkers en Español  December 2003

Strangers No Longer en Español  January 2003, Joint Statement from Bishops of the United States and Mexico