Tragedy in Honduras

Posted on 03. Apr, 2016 by .


The following is from the Franciscan Action Network (FAN):

More Sad News from Honduras

Less than two weeks after the assassination of Honduran indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres, another member of her organization has been murdered.

We mourn and condemn the murder of Nelson Garcia, a faithful member of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH).

Berta Cáceres and Nelson Garcia sacrificed their lives to protect their people’s land and river from destruction by the Agua Zarca Dam, one of the world’s largest dams that would cut off the ethnic Lenca people from water, food and medicine.

Prior to hearing of the murder of Nelson Garcia, the Vatican Justice and Peace council called for independent investigation of the murder of Berta Carceres. We pray these murders will not go uninvestigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

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2016 Election Guide

Posted on 02. Apr, 2016 by .


As we get closer to the November general election, CMSM (Conference of Superiors of Men) has created an Election Guide. They worked with a new Catholic coalition of national advocacy organizations to develop this. It is meant as a spiritual reflection guide that incorporates significant elements of Pope Francis’ message.

Don’t forget how important it is to vote in both the primary and general elections!

To access the guide, click on the link below:

2016 Election Guide


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I See You

Posted on 28. Mar, 2016 by .


“I see you”


Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in a message to a conference on racism in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 3, 2016:

‘When the Zulu people of South Africa greet someone, they say “Sawubona,” which means  “I see you.”

The one being greeted responds with “Sikhona” which means “I am here.”

The greeter ends by affirming “Ubuntu” which means, “We are, and so I am.”

‘Let me contrast this remarkable form of exchange with the experience of racism. Its effect is to render people invisible, and from that follows the denial of human dignity, then loss of identity, then personal despair, then social and political distrust — it unleashes a host of ills that have penetrated into every facet of life….

‘The healing of racism begins in our own hearts. How our hearts would be shaped if everyone learned to greet each other in the Zulu manner! It invites us to self-examination: how often do I overlook people who differ from me and my kind? Do my biases cloud my ability to fully “see” another person in his or her full human dignity? Admitting my failure to see the other as human is to begin the struggle to vanquish unconscious bias and interpersonal racism.’

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Marrakesh Declaration

Posted on 04. Mar, 2016 by .


The Rights of Religious Minorities in
Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities:

Legal Framework and a Call to Action
Marrakesh, Morocco

“What paradigm concerning religious minorities can the Muslim scholars, intellectuals, and philosophers advance in today’s world as an ideal goal to work toward?”

To read the full booklet, click here.

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Human Trafficking Postcard Campaign

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .


bought_sold-101The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. The main purposes of the Coalition are to:

  • Formulate plans for combating trafficking and serving its victims
  • Promote development of services for trafficking victims and approaches to empowerment of trafficking victims
  • Dialogue with government officials and others engaged in public policies affecting this issue
  • Devise strategies for public education, awareness-raising and grass roots action.

More than twenty Catholic organizations form the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking. Each organization has its own network of concerned citizens who can work together to further the commitment to combat trafficking. Coalition organizations engage in combating human trafficking by

  • Providing safe haven for trafficked adolescents and young adults in the U.S.
  • Delivering direct services to adult and child trafficking victims in the U.S. and overseas
  • Conducting prevention projects overseas, especially in Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America
  • Providing national training and technical assistance on the issue of trafficking
  • Meeting with government officials, including Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice

Lenten Postcard Campaign

tumblr_inline_ns615cQ6B61r11kw2_1280This Lenten season CCOAHT has embarked on a national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains. As many Catholics eat fish and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need, we are urging a greater vigilance on the part of our suppliers to ensure that the seafood we eat is not tainted by slave labor.

The Coalition has created two postcards, one addressed to Costco and the other to StarKist, which asks that these companies do all in their power to guarantee that their supply chains are free of forced labor. You can download the postcards here and here, sign your name, and mail into each company.

If your parish, school, or social justice ministry would like printed and stamped versions of the postcards, contact us at cljunquist@usccb.org

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