The Amazon, integral to the fabric of all life throughout the globe is often referred to as, "the lungs of the planet" (LS #38). What happens when the lungs are choked and life ceases? Pope Francis warns in Laudato Si' against the loss of biodiversity and connectedness with God's creatures as is experienced in the Amazon and other biomes around the world.
A Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region is scheduled to meet in Rome in October 2019 with the theme, 'The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for integral ecology'. Why?
On Friday, February 15th, the President declared a national state of emergency.
What is the national emergency?
At the heart of the Columban mission is cross-cultural exchange, the belief that God speaks to us through the experiences of others, particularly those who are marginalized or living in poverty, and that we should open our hearts to learn from those experiences. As St. Columban puts it: “a life unlike your own can be your teacher.”
Welcome to 2019! We look forward to working with you this year to advocate for a healthy environment, protections for migrants, sustainable livelihoods for all, and peace around the world.
image: mural at Sacred Heart Parish in El Paso, TX of Our Lady of Guadalupe offering relief to migrants
by Scott Wright
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you. (Zechariah 2: 14-17)
In the midst of increasingly inhumane conditions at the border, Congress is currently in negotiations to decide how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until October 2019. They have until December 7 to decide.
Columban Fr. Tomas King accompanies the Parkari Kohil tribal people of Pakistan. He sees firsthand the corrosive effects of poverty, corruption, and violence on his neighbors. In Pakistan, one out of every fourteen children die before the age of one and this wouldn’t be so, Fr. Tomas asserts, if a large fraction of the country’s financial resources weren’t wasted on corruption and unnecessary military spending.
On a Sunday afternoon in February 2012, Columban Fr. Pat Cunningham got ready to attend Mass on the rock of Gureombi, a volcanic rock plateau on Jeju Island, South Korea. The rock “had sacred significance for the villagers,” said Fr. Pat, “as it was a ‘living rock’ and therefore intimately tied up with [the] identity [of the] village people – a place where people from the 400-year-old village used to celebrate their ceremonial rites.”
Columban Fr. Neil Magill helps run a “Higher Education Center” in Myanmar (formerly, Burma) that trains young adults living in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps to be teachers and development workers. That’s where he met Patrick in 2017.
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