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The Beloved Community and the Right to Dream: A Tribute to the Dreamers

On this day in history, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered one of the most powerful addresses in U.S history at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, and addressing a crowd of more than 200,000 people, Dr. King spoke of the moment as “the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children” and offered these famous lines: “I have a dream….” As a child, I remember hearing those words live on television.

Catholics Lobby Congress to Care for our Common Home

On Friday, April 31, 2017, Catholics participated in a lobby day on Capitol Hill co-sponsored by Catholic Climate Covenant and the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach. The day began with a lobby training session facilitated by staff from both organizations. Jeremy Marcus, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman Matt Cartwright, also helped train participants. Following the training session, participants visited lawmakers’ offices and made several legislative asks...

35 National Religious Leaders Applaud Republican Climate Resolution

Today, 35 diverse religious leaders joined together to welcome a Republican resolution on climate change, introduced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6), and fourteen other Republican members of Congress. Signatories of the letter, organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, include prominent voices from Evangelical, Baptist, Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, and other religious communities...

Catholic Faith Leaders Speak in Support of Refugees

Today representatives from national Catholic religious orders and advocacy organizations responded to the new executive order issued by the Trump administration. Defending Catholic values and recalling scripture passages and Pope Francis, these leaders expressed overall opposition to this new immigration executive order. "We must always remember that we are a nation of immigrants and refugees and we are called to stand in solidarity with them...

National Catholic Religious Leaders Send Letter to DHS Secretary Kelly

On February 24, 2017 representatives from twelve national Catholic religious orders and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly. The letter began, “As leaders representing national Catholic advocacy organizations and religious orders, we are deeply troubled by the pattern of arrests, detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants across the nation – including violating the previous policy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Religious Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Refugee Resettlement

As religious leaders from a variety of backgrounds, we are called by our sacred texts and faith traditions to love our neighbor, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the sojourner. War, conflict and persecution have forced people to leave their homes, creating more refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people than at any other time in history. More than 65 million people are currently displaced – the largest number in recorded history. This nation has an urgent moral responsibility to receive...

National Migration Week: Creating a Culture of Encounter

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2017 draws attention to Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

As we approach the holiday season and the end of 2016, we want to take this time to say thank you! Together we encountered many challenges this past year from increased climate change-related disasters to the escalating international refugee crisis. In the face of these and other continuing challenges, we thank you for your commitment to the Columban mission through your advocacy and solidarity. Thank you for...

Missionary Society of St. Columban Affirms Sanctuary for Migrants and Refugees

December 12, 2016, Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During this season of Advent and Christmas, we anticipate with joy and hope the birth of Jesus Christ into the world, and prepare our hearts to welcome those in whom He promised to be present: the hungry and thirsty, the stranger and the naked, the prisoner and the sick (Mt 25:31-46). Today’s celebration recalls how Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, reached out to a poor, indigenous member of Mexico’s society in his own...

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