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US Catholic Leaders Urge Inclusive Diplomacy and Dialogue for a Just Peace in Syria

We Must Stop the Potential for Further Violence in Syria: War Is Not the Answer

On Tuesday, April 10, President Trump and his advisers weighed a more robust retaliatory strike against Syria than last year’s missile attack, reasoning that only an escalation of armed force would look credible and possibly serve as a deterrent against further alleged use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians (NYT).

Under the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution, Congress, not the President, decides when the U.S. will use military force.

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.

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.”

U.S. Catholic Leaders Urge Dialogue and Diplomacy with North Korea and Iran

The U.S. Region of the Missionary Society of St. Columban joins Catholic leaders in urging dialogue with North Korea and Iran. Pope Francis has called for dialogue with North Korea and a rejection of “the narrative of fear…and the rhetoric of hatred.” At the UN, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s foreign minister, said, ”The international community must respond by seeking to revive negotiations ... Peace and international stability cannot be founded on mutually assured destruction or on the threat of annihilation.” 

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