By Scott Wright
Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Earlier this year, Pope Francis released a new “Apostolic Exhortation” entitled, “Rejoice and Be Glad.” The heart of his message might be summarized as “the call to holiness in a world uprooted.”


by Becca Eastwood, Advocacy Coordinator, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Note: This piece originally appeared on NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice's blog.

Although I have lived in Washington, DC for the past four years and have grown and learned so much in our nation’s capital, I will always be a proud Iowan.


This year we celebrate 100 years of Columban mission around the world! We invite you to join us in living out the Columban spirit in your local community.


My call to missionary discipleship compelled me to march that day for all children and affirm their right to the kingdom of God. While marching, I imagined Jesus from the story in the Gospel of Luke, welcoming all children and tending to the wounds they suffer as victims of physical, political, psychological, or sexual abuse.


When challenged on his views, he sometimes responded: “Cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? Experience asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks, is it right?”