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4 Ways You Can Defend Migrants in 2018

In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shows us what it means to be a good neighbor. In our own day, his parable is especially important since the Samaritan and the Jewish man were supposedly enemies, their peoples divided by artificial walls of hostility and fear. We can break down these artificial walls by reaching out, as the Good Samaritan did, to help our migrant sisters and brothers.

Columbans Decry Congress' Failure to Prioritize Dreamers

As Catholics and people of faith, we unite  around  principles of compassion, stewardship, and justice.  In his address to Congress, Pope Francis reminded lawmakers of their fundamental responsibility: “Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”

US Columban Region Calls on the US to Respond to the Global Crisis of Migrants and Refugees

December 18, 2017

Never before in human history have so many people been uprooted and displaced from their homes and forced to seek shelter. On International Migrants Day, the United Nations reminds the nations of the world of their responsibility to protect the safety, dignity, and fundamental freedoms of all migrants and refugees.

Everything may be taken from you: A Dreamer's Story

Immigrants, documented or not, are vital members of the communities we live in and provide tremendous benefits to the economy. I won't allow others to criminalize my mother for making the difficult decision to move to this country.  Most of the parents of the current DACA recipients were the original dreamers. They dreamed of better opportunities, to provide their children with a better life. We should acknowledge their accomplishments and contributions, not criminalize their love.

Old Story, Always New

Immigrants and refugees, just like Joseph, Mary and Jesus, do not want to leave home and familiar surroundings. Television images of destruction in their homelands tell the reason of people's decision. World powers vie with each other putting their interests before the need of populations.

November Edition

Columbans work to bridge the divide between marginalized and impacted communities and policymakers in our nation’s capital. This month we discuss the DACA program, the Clean Power Plan, and the appropriations process.  

Myanmar/Burma: Columbans Urge End to Persecution of Rohingya People

As the persecution of the Muslim minority in Rakhine State in Myanmar/Burma reaches a feverish pitch and forces thousands to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, Columban Superior General, Fr Kevin O’Neill, sends a message of solidarity saying: “We reject persecution of any community regardless of religion, race, or ethnic identity. We urge an end to the violence and violation of human rights of the Rohingya people and hope for their peaceful return to their homes in the Rakhine State of Myanmar/Burma.”

Signs of the Time: Sharing the Journey with Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

by Scott Wright

On September 27, Pope Francis will launch a global campaign to support migrants and refugees called “Share the Journey.” The aim of the campaign is to promote a culture of encounter with migrants and refugees, as they journey from their homes, through foreign lands in search of refuge, until they reach a final destination in a land they hope will welcome them and invite them to make a new home.