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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...

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