Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', turns three today! Did you know that Fr. Sean McDonagh, a Columban missionary and eco-theologian, helped Pope Francis write the document?


Through interfaith dialogue, Columbans identify and encounter cross-cultural differences among people to change lives to build up their community. Interfaith dialogue is the key for people to understand and appreciate that each person is a stakeholder and not an alien in a community.


A perfect storm can wipe out fishing, agriculture, and logging, which are the only livelihoods for many. Without a home or a livelihood, vulnerable people are forced to migrate, either internally or externally. Many end up living in city slums or displaced persons’ camps where the standard of living push them deeper into poverty and into health risks.


By Scott Wright
Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Earlier this year, Pope Francis released a new “Apostolic Exhortation” entitled, “Rejoice and Be Glad.” The heart of his message might be summarized as “the call to holiness in a world uprooted.”


by Becca Eastwood, Advocacy Coordinator, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Note: This piece originally appeared on NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice's blog.

Although I have lived in Washington, DC for the past four years and have grown and learned so much in our nation’s capital, I will always be a proud Iowan.