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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.

 

 

 

  • Welcome the Stranger, because You Were Once Strangers in a Foreign Land

    On his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis was clear on how we should treat our migrant sisters and brothers: We should “not [be] fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” He encouraged Members of Congress to respond to migrants “in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.” Only weeks later, new legislation in Congress clearly contradicts this message of welcome. The Senate has scheduled a vote for Tuesday, October 20th on...

  • Urge Your Member of Congress to Support Climate Change Resolution

    Pope Francis’ words to the American people on his U.S. visit made one point very clear: we must act now to protect and preserve our common home. In order to do this, the pope called on members of the legislature, during his historic address to Congress, to work together and transcend boundaries in order to, ‘defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good.’ A recent resolution...

  • Call on World Leaders to Work for Climate Justice

    Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States is over, but we are still standing in awe of his message of peace, solidarity, and love. In his addresses to Congress, the United Nations, and the World Meeting of Families, the pope consistently returned to a few key themes: responding with justice to the poor, welcoming the immigrant and caring for creation. Columbans in the U.S. and around the world welcomed and celebrated these messages. During his visit, we fasted with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, stood...

  • Tell President Obama to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

    More than 4 million refugees have fled Syria. But the U.S. has only resettled a small fraction of those, about one in 10. This is the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Last week President Obama announced the administration’s plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year. While this is a step in the right direction, this low number is an inadequate response. Sign the Petition: Tell President Obama to welcome more refugees. This petition is a great first step. Already more than 75,000 people...

  • Take Action for Pope Francis' Visit

    Pope Francis is coming! We are overflowing with excitement about Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. On September 24, Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress – the first time a pope has done so. No matter where you live, we invite you to take action during the pope’s visit. Here are some ways to get involved: PRAY: Join the Interfaith Climate Vigil (September 23) Sign up for one hour of prayer. People around the country will be praying. If you are in Washington, D.C., join our interfaith vigil...

  • Stand with Peacemakers in Asia

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) Join us in expressing solidarity with peacemakers from JeJu Island in Korea, and Okinawa, in Japan, who are meeting for the 2015 Inter-Island Solidarity Peace Camp in Japan from September 19-22. We invite you to sign a petition of solidarity to join their call for the protection of Okinawa, the surrounding islands, and the Asia-Pacific region, from expanding militarization which makes...

  • Take Action for Creation on September 1 

    Join us for a special global day of prayer for creation! Pope Francis has declared September 1 to be the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation.  He is doing his part to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Will you join us? It starts with prayer.  As a community, make use of the Columban Season of Creation prayer resource. There’s a prayer and worship guide for each Sunday in September. As an individual, we offer this prayer from Laudato Si’...

  • Support the Historic Clean Power Plan

    Last week, President Obama released a historic step toward reducing our carbon footprint—the Clean Power Plan. The first of its kind, the Clean Power Plan seeks to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in the United States (our country's single greatest source of climate pollution) and do our part in addressing global climate change. The Clean Power Plan is significant and do-able. The scientific consensus is that climate change is a global crisis and each nation needs to do its part to reduce carbon...

  • Defend Human Dignity in the Trafficking in Persons Report

    Throughout the world, Columban missionaries have dedicated their ministries to the accompaniment and rehabilitation of labor and sex trafficking victims. In this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the U.S. State Department upgraded the country of Malaysia from a Tier 3–the worst rating-- for trafficking violators – to a Tier 2 Watch List. This comes after the passage of an amendment to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “fast track” legislation, which bars the U.S. from trading...

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