Columban Blog

The Columban Blog is written by members of the Columban community, including those participants in our internship program and other Columban outreach programs.

 

  • 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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