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2017 Lenten Resources

Posted on 26. Feb, 2017 by .

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This year the Joliet Diocese Social Justice Coalition invites your parish to incorporate social justice into your Lenten practices. We have created a weekly social justice awareness, education, & action program called Create a Ripple. 

Ignatian Solidarity Network has created Rise Up: A Lenten Call to Solidaritya collection of unique perspectives to help us understand one another’s stories, to individually and collectively rise up to engage in the work of building a more just and peaceful world.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has created a Lent 2017 EDUCATOR’S GUIDE for Catholic school teachers and parish religious educators.

North Carolina Council of Churches provides us with Preparing The Way and A Time to Mend. These Social Justices Studies for Lent will give you new insight, new facts and information, and a way to reflect on how God calls us to live out the bible, while giving you space to reflect on your faith.

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns has created a 2017 Lent Reflection Guide: A Journey with Gospel Non-violence. It offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the written reflections and recorded discussions by the 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.

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The President backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

Posted on 26. Feb, 2017 by .

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington’s Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement construction.

In the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, the Republican president backed away from a U.S. embrace of the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the international community.

“I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like,” Trump told a joint news conference with Netanyahu. “I can live with either one.”

Trump vowed to work toward a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians but said it would require compromise on both sides, leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement.

But he offered no new prescription for achieving an accord that has eluded so many of his predecessors, and Palestinian anger over his abandonment of their goal of statehood could scrap any chance of coaxing them back to the negotiating table.

Dropping a bombshell on Netanyahu as they faced reporters just before sitting down for talks, Trump told him: “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.”

The right-wing Israeli leader appeared momentarily startled. It was a rare concession sought by Trump as the two leaders tried to set a new positive tone after eight years of friction under Trump’s Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama.

 

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Amici Curiae Brief

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What is an Amicus curiae brief?

“Friend of the court” brief; a brief filed by a person, group, or entity that is not a party to the case but nonetheless wishes to provide the court with its perspective on the issue before it.  The person or entity is called an “amicus” ; the plural is “amici.”

This specific brief was filed on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Amici have a wide array of beliefs and come from different faith traditions, yet unite here to speak with one voice against the Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017, which suspended the United States Refugee Admissions Program and halted entry into the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations.

The Executive Order offends amici’s deep-seated principles and obstructs and prevents amici’s efforts to help those in need.

The Executive Order discriminates on the basis of religion.

To read the complete Brief, click here

Franciscans for Justice is mentioned in the Appendix A part iv as a contributor. Here is the excerpt:

Franciscans for Justice is a joint project of the Franciscans Friars of the St. Barbara Province and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province—friars throughout the Western United States. For over 800 years, Franciscans have upheld the fact that twice St. Francis of Assisi went to the Muslim sultan, not to convert him, but to befriend him; Franciscans hold Muslim believers dear to our hearts. Franciscans for Justice challenges the U.S. government to reach out to all Muslim refugees—not to ban them, but to befriend them.

 

 

 

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People’s Climate Mobilization

Posted on 22. Feb, 2017 by .

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Mark your calendar for April 29, 2017!  It’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization.

On April 29, consider joining other Catholics and people of faith in a massive, nationwide series of marches and local actions calling upon Congress to take action on climate change and create sustainable jobs, healthier communities, and a better future.

While the Covenant is not an official organizing sponsor of the march, we wish to ensure that a strong Catholic voice is heard at the gathering and by our elected officials.  We invite you to join us and other Catholics to lift up both creation and the poor.  We hope you will walk side by side with us here in Washington D.C. and then join us afterward for fellowship and reflection.

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Earth Day Toolkit

Posted on 22. Feb, 2017 by .

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Earth Day will be celebrated this year on April 22, one week before the People’s Climate Movement rally in DC.

Recognizing that education is the foundation of progress, this year’s campaign is all about environmemain-logontal & climate literacy. With a variety of resources and toolkits, the Earth Day Network offers a great deal of useful information. Take advantage of these resources and learn more about greening our schools and communities, composting, and much more.

Click here to access the Toolkit

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