Articles & Resources

Our articles and resources are prepared by staff, other members of the Columban community, and organizations the Columbans work with. We welcome their use for your prayerful reflection and your advocacy efforts. 

 

  • Dialogue for Peace: Alternatives to Drones

    On November 13th, 2015, attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers hit the Bataclan concert hall, Stade de France stadium, restaurants and bars in Paris, leaving at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded. Just a day before, suicide bombings near an open-air market in southern Beirut also left 43 people dead and 239 wounded. Solidarity is shared across borders and extended overseas, and governments increase their determination to fight against ISIS. However, does war on terror or counter...

  • Trading Human Dignity for Trade Benefits

    Rampant human trafficking in Malaysia became an international controversy when Malaysia was upgraded from blacklist to tier 2 watch list in the “Trafficking in Persons Report” (TIP) only so Malaysia could be included in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an international trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries. “The TIP report is sacred, and it represents the US efforts in human rights,” said Representative David Cicilline during the hearing, “Demanding Accountability...

  • Peace through Non-Violence and Solidarity

    Columban staff and interns met with Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, Tuesday afternoon to discuss the spirituality of peace, the power of non-violence, and ways to get involved in conflict transformation. Through Marie’s inspiring words and vast knowledge, we were able to witness the work of pacifist minds around the world. During our discussion, Marie asked an important question: Why do we prefer non-violence as a method of resolving conflicts rather than the use of...

  • Security of Children for Security of the Nation

    “If we want security, let us give security.” Bishop Seitz quoted Pope Francis as he was testifying on the hearing titled, “Ongoing Migration from Central America: An Examination of FY2015 Apprehensions.” The hearing was hosted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The focus was the Central American children and families who cross the southern border. Through the testimony of the witnesses, I learned about the current situation for children making...

  • Bringing Hope to Women in Inter-Religious Dialogue

    On October 13, 2015, I had the good fortune to attend a panel on “Islam, Culture and Sexism: What Needs to Change?” held by U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). I left with a hope that one day equality between men and women would be appreciated across all religions and traditions. During the panel, I learned that blurring religious and cultural lines can negatively affect everyone. Take Islam for example. The traditional understanding of men as providers and protectors may lead men to act aggressively...

  • Protect Family, Protect Our Future

    In September thousands of people celebrated the Festival of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis. “We are celebrating the Feast of the Family. Families have a citizenship which is divine. The identity card that they have is given to them by God. So that within the heart of the family, truth, goodness and beauty can truly grow,” said the pope in his speech at the Festival.  While the pope emphasized the sacredness of family unity, however, many migrant families are still separated and locked up in family detention centers. Family is one of the foundations of...

  • Pope Francis and Nuclear Disarmament

    Pope Francis finally made his way to the US last month. While his deeds of random kindness were captured by cameras and journalists, his remarks were also in full media spotlight. One of the things the Pope called for when he addressed the U.S. Congress is a renewal of the spirit of politics. He reminded us that political consensus and legislation, “should be based on care for the people.” An example of where politics struggles to be based on the common good is in policies surrounding nuclear weapons. “An ethics and a law based on the threat of mutual destruction…

  • Open Your Heart and Door

    “Migrants have always been marginalized as a part of the ‘throw-away’ culture,” said Sister Ann Scholz in her opening remarks for a recent briefing entitled, “The Pope Francis Effect on Immigration: Protecting Families and Advancing the Common Good”, sponsored by the Justice for Immigrants Coalition. Sister Ann continued by referencing Pope Francis’ quote to “open your heart and door” to migrants. This sentiment is the hope of the U.S. Catholic community when it comes to immigration policy, especially along US-Mexico border. The first panelist, Father...

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