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Peace & Justice Commision
Peacemaking is not an optional commitment.” 
- U.S. Bishops
If you believe in peace, it is possible. If it is possible, it is a duty.” 
- Pope Paul VI
Interdependence must be transformed into solidarity, based upon the principle that the goods of creation are meant for all. That which human industry produces through the processing of raw materials, with the contribution of work, must serve equally for the good of all.” 
- Pope John Paul II
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis 
The Peace and Justice Commission of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese,  Charles W. Leiden, Chair  814-946-9291

Inspired by Jesus Christ’s love and compassion for all people especially the poor and oppressed, we, the members of the Peace and Justice Commission of the Altoona Johnstown Catholic Diocese, commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth, justice, unity, peace and reverence for creation. 

We strive to serve these gospel interests by our own choices to live non-violently and by engaging our neighbors to join us in the works of justice and peace. 

Commission members offer workshops on a number of important issues including the death penalty, euthanasia, Catholic Social Teaching, the poverty of affluence, health care, Christian ecology, and more. 
If you are interested in organizing a workshop in your parish please contact Charlie Leiden. 

For more information about peace and justice in the Catholic Church and in the lives of Catholic people check out these other sites on the Web. 

US Catholic Conference - Social Development and World Peace
NETWORK - A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Pax Joliet - A very inclusive Peace and Justice Site