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As people of faith, we must stand up and act when our neighbors, the most vulnerable, and our common home are targeted. Together we can raise our voice and make a difference. Check out the latest ways you can take action and influence your members of Congress, the President, and other policy makers through our Action Alerts. Don’t miss any of our action alerts, sign up for them here.

 

 

 

  • Don’t Let This Moment Pass: 1st Anniversary of Laudato Si’

    This week we celebrate the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ widely celebrated encyclical on the environment. During his recent book tour to the United States, Columban Fr. Sean McDonagh emphasized the critical importance of this document. In an interview with National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Sean left us with an urgent message: don’t let this moment pass...

  • Stop Inhumane Deportations

    Migrant Family

    This past Christmas Eve, we remember how our hearts sank when we first received notification of the administration’s plan to carry out immigration raids on newly-arrived Central American families. That’s when we wrote to you in January asking you to raise your voice to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters. Today, we must once again ask you to call on the administration to stop these inhumane and unjust enforcement actions.

  • Tell Congress to Support the Green Climate Fund

    In the southern Sindh province of Pakistan, access to water is becoming more and more unpredictable. Over the last few years, weather conditions have grown increasingly extreme, from massive flooding to prolonged droughts. These conditions leave the Pakistani people without clean water, and crops, and often without livelihoods. Fr. Tomás King, a Columban living and working in Pakistan for the past 22 years, has watched the devastating effects of...

  • Support the Interfaith Climate Statement

    While this agreement represents a commitment from over 190 nations to lower their emissions and support those hit by climate change the hardest, it is only a first step in the process. We must now work to hold ourselves and our governments accountable to the steps necessary to accomplish the goals in the agreement. Show your commitment to caring for creation: sign the Interfaith Climate Change...

  • Protect Environmental Activists and their Communities

    For years, Berta and the Lenca communities fought to block the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. The dam would have flooded large areas of land and cut off the supply of water, food and medicine for the Lenca peoples. Berta was one of many activists who had been persecuted and received death threats for her work to defend their sacred rivers, forests and lands from further desecration. Take Action for the protection of environmental activists and their communities!

  • Fast with Fiji

    On February 20-21, the island nation of Fiji was hit with a devastating, category 5 cyclone. At last count, UNICEF reported that Cyclone Winston, the worst storm on record to hit the southern hemisphere, has now left over 51,000 Fijians homeless, many without clean water or electricity. Columban missionaries have lived and worked in Fiji for over 60 years. Columban Father John McEvoy writes from Fiji, “The nation is numb, shell-shocked an...

  • Support the GCF and Protect our Common Home

    On February 9th, President Obama released the final budget of his presidency. This jumpstarts the long process of funding the federal government for Fiscal Year 2017. While it may not sound like the most exciting topic to follow, the budget and appropriations process significantly impacts some of the programs Columbans care about most deeply. One such effort is the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Green Climate Fund is a global fund established to support the...

  • Pope to Visit the U.S.-Mexico Border

    This Friday, Pope Francis’ plane will arrive in Mexico City, Mexico, marking the beginning of another historical visit on behalf of the Argentinian pontiff. For six days, the pope plans to travel to various parts of the country, meeting with everyone from indigenous representatives to the Bishops of Mexico and many more. His visit will culminate in a celebration of mass in Ciudad Juarez, directly on the U.S.-Mexico border, a place very familiar to the Columban community....

  • TPP To Be Signed By Global Leaders Today

    Trade ministers from the 12 participating countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership will gather today in New Zealand to add their signatures to the deal. This, however, only marks the beginning of the ratification process. Although leaders of participating countries will sign the agreement, it still has to be approved by lawmakers in each of their respective countries, including the U.S. From the Columban experience, we know that the TPP does not further the best interests of the communities Columbans serve...

  • On Care for Our Common Home: Lenten Reflections on Laudato Si

    Last year, the Pope Francis released his groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, to much acclaim and celebration. Audiences, Catholic and beyond, studied the text for guidance on how our faith calls us to live in right relationship with creation and with our fellow humans beings. Here at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, we crafted a study and action guide on the encyclical, with questions for reflection along with calls to action. Appropriate for use for individuals and small groups...

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