Bishop Richard Pates has been all over the world in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace. In June, he traveled to Peru and Columbia in a visit of solidarity. In Columbia, he met with bishops, members of the Church's social ministry, U.S. Embassy officials and visited Ciudad Bolivar, a low-income district on the south side of Bogota. In Peru, he spent a day in an Amazonian indigenous community and met with Church officials. Bishop Pates told Catholic News Service that in both countries, discussion focused on conflicts between communities and mining minerals. While mining has boosted the economy, environmental issues and other issues can cause problems with local communities. Currently, Bishop Pates is on a trip to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan.
-- Catholic News Service contributed to this report.