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Church’s History of Defending Immigrants Must Continue

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by .

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Many Americans seem to have forgotten that every single immigrant has a face and a story, and can’t be reduced to a statistic. They are our neighbors, family members, friends, co-workers, and fellow parishioners—and it’s our duty to put an end to the name-calling and to serve as their voice.

In the midst of a heated national debate on immigration, Church leaders are now speaking out to remind us that this is no mere national policy debate, but one that has immediate and profound consequences for our local communities.

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Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by .

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This new tool created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences enables users to identify and search for the most relevant peer-reviewed literature, government reports, policy documents, and other resources on the health implications of climate change from around the globe through an online database. The portal aims to make this literature more accessible to further the study of climate change impacts on human health. Click here to access.

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Tell Congress: Settlements Block Peace

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In December we asked President Obama to support a UNSC resolution calling all settlements illegal. On December 23 UNSC resolution 2334 stating just that passed. Now Congress is seeking to characterize UNSC resolution 2334 as an obstacle to peace. During our ten congressional meetings this week CMEP made sure your voice was heard on the Hill. Take Action HERE and help us amplify your voice!

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Franciscans and Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan

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Taken from USFranciscans.com –

unnamed-7On 18 December 2016, the Franciscan JPIC of Pakistan, in collaboration with Kawish Resource Centre and the OFM Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam, organized an “Interfaith Celebration of Eid e Milad ul Nabi and Christmas”.

Fr. Jamil Albert, OFM, a member of the OFM Special Commission for Dialogue, welcomed all guests and noted how great a joy it was for the brothers that their Muslim guests recited their evening prayers in the brothers’ chapel. It was a true sign of the interfaith harmony that this celebration of Milad ul Nabi and Christmas was organized to express.

In his remarks, Molana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad, the chief Imam of Badshahi Mosque, voiced his appreciation of the Franciscans’ efforts in promoting religious harmony as a bridge between both the communities. He also said we need to celebrate our joys and be united in other times. To this, Molana Masood Qasim Qasmi stated that our sharing in the daily realities of life calls us to discuss the ways in which our respective religious Traditions bring us together to work for the common good.

In a reflection on St. Francis’ encounter with Caliph Malik al-Kamil in 1219, Br. Jamil noted that St. Francis is a model for inter-religious dialogue today. St. Francis presented himself non-violently, non-belligerently and with honesty. He did not impose his own religious beliefs on others, but as a spiritual person he shared God’s “shalom” with them. In this same light, Br. Victor Sawaira, OFM, the celebration’s principal organizer, remarked on how interfaith dialogue and the promotion of peace and harmony are indispensable parts of the Franciscan Spirituality.

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100 Days of Prayer

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by .

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, together with their justice center, has created and shared a calendar called “100 Days of Prayer.” Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 10.31.09 PMThe idea is to include a daily prayer in keeping with the new administration’s first 100 days in office. The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. The prayers are short – only about 12 words long – so that they easily fit into a square on a calendar, and be remembered throughout the day.

To access and download full January calendar, click here.

Calendars for future months will be available on the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange website once they are released.

 

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