September 16, 2014

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Bishop Pates, left, and Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, right, a member of the CRS board, in front of an Israeli settlement in Palestinian East Jerusalem. Any discussions of peace in the future will have to address settlements in traditional or majority Palestinian areas.

The USCCB and Catholic Relief Services led a peace pilgrimage with 18 bishops from across the country to the Holy Land from September 11-18, 2014. These bishops will follow in the footsteps of Jesus by 2,000 years, follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis, who visited the Holy Land in June, and follow the devastation of the war in the Holy Land by only days. Their message: Prayer is powerful; peace is possible.

Photo by Jen Hardy/ Catholic Relief Services