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News from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, a resource on issues of peace, social justice and integrity of creation, bringing Maryknoll’s mission experience into U.S. policy discussions.

Upholding Human Rights During the Pandemic

Upholding Human Rights During the Pandemic

U.N. official accuses various countries of alleged human rights abuses under the guise of coronavirus health restrictions. We are seeing a growing threat to human rights norms around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasingly, governments are exploiting the emergency measures imposed to...

COVID-19 Jubilee Debt Relief

COVID-19 Jubilee Debt Relief

Debt relief campaign seeks to help impoverished countries struggling with COVID-19 pandemic avert financial ruin   As the dire economic consequences of COVID-19 have emerged, religious and secular institutions, including the Holy See, have advanced a worldwide campaign to provide debt relief...

Querida Amazonia: Call for a Missionary Church

Querida Amazonia: Call for a Missionary Church

  In his new exhortation, Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis describes his "great dreams" for the Amazon region   In February, Pope Francis released Querida Amazonia, or “Beloved Amazonia,” his exhortation in response to the Synod on the Amazon, in which he called for a renewed “missionary...

Inequality and Social Unrest

Inequality and Social Unrest

Growing inequality in many countries is leading to protests around the world Last year, a wave of protests spread across the world—from Latin America to the Middle East to Asia. Underlying many of these protest movements is inequality, which a new U.N. Human Development Report identifies as a...

Refugees Left in Limbo

Refugees Left in Limbo

Catholic leaders object to government turning blind eye to people fleeing war, persecution and targeted violence || [googlefont font=“Cormorant Infant" fontsize="20"]By Kathleen Kollman Birch[/googlefont] Catholic leaders involved in migrant ministry and refugee resettlement are objecting to the...

Climate Change And Our Food

Climate Change And Our Food

Food security in jeopardy as climate changes. Climate change is affecting food security globally through rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and greater frequency of extreme weather events, according to a new U.N. report. And, the report says, the situation is likely to get worse....

A Nonviolence Movement on the Border

A Nonviolence Movement on the Border

Activists and ordinary people on US-Mexico border put nonviolence into action in response to migration crisis. || By Susan Gunn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us the power of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing and civil disobedience in order to achieve seemingly...

Invest in Preventing Global Violence

Invest in Preventing Global Violence

A bipartisan bill now before Congress sets out a strategic plan to prevent violence Last June, the Global Peace Index, through which the international Institute for Economics and Peace ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness, declared 2017 to be the...

Pushed and Pulled, Forced to Flee

Pushed and Pulled, Forced to Flee

A mix of push and pull factors force people to migrate There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many of them live in families with mixed immigration status, that is, with some family members who are legal residents or citizens. Undocumented immigrants have become a...

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative commitment

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative commitment

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to present document on nonviolence and faith This April, the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative—a global project supported by Pax Christi International, Maryknoll and other Catholic organizations—plans to present a document focused on the application of nonviolence in...

Will the ‘new NAFTA’ promote economic justice?

Will the ‘new NAFTA’ promote economic justice?

Maryknoll missioners urge people of faith to ask if the new trade agreement will improve life for all From Cambodia to El Salvador, Bangladesh to Tanzania, Maryknoll missioners accompany people and communities affected by poverty, often extreme poverty. Based on our belief in the value of each...

A U.N. framework for migration

A U.N. framework for migration

World leaders slated to adopt a U.N. agreement on protection of migrants as well as refugees Leaders from more than 190 countries are scheduled to adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” during meetings in Morocco Dec. 10 and 11. This is the first time that member states...

Catholics are still in for climate accord

Catholics are still in for climate accord

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Maryknoll and others add strong Catholic voice for goals of Paris Agreement The Paris Agreement, adopted at the United Nations climate talks in France in 2015 and supported since by every other country in the world, is viewed by many as our best hope to reduce greenhouse gas...

The case for fossil fuel divestment

The case for fossil fuel divestment

Catholic institutions heeding call to get out of carbon fuels When a group of students at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia took a class trip to the Appalachian Mountains in 2010, they were shocked by what they saw in communities near coal mines—mountaintops bare, the environment polluted, high...

Protect the Amazon and its people

Protect the Amazon and its people

While visiting indigenous people in Peru, Pope Francis said the future of the Amazon and its peoples had “never been so threatened.” Since the financial crisis of 2008, many pension funds and other large investment funds have invested heavily in agricultural land in developing countries....

Migrants search for peace

Migrants search for peace

The pope says that to find peace, migrants and refugees “risk their lives” on long and dangerous trips No one knew what to expect when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina announced five years ago that he would take the papal name Francis. Saint Francis of Assisi, preacher of brotherly love...

New Vigor for Nuclear Ban

New Vigor for Nuclear Ban

Swiss NGO behind Herculean effort that led to vote on a nuclear ban treaty More than 70 years have passed since atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but finally, last September, an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations voted to adopt a nuclear ban...

Targeting protected status

Targeting protected status

Trump administration considers ending protected status for 350,000 people to decrease total number of immigrants. Presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower have granted “temporary protection” to foreign nationals in the United States who are unable to return to their home countries because of...

Zero Hunger Generation

Zero Hunger Generation

The U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge seeks to vanish hunger from the planet "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development” is a slogan promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for World Food Day on October 16. More people have been...

A world free of nukes

A world free of nukes

100-plus countries push for a world free of nuclear weapons Should we still strive for a world free of nuclear weapons in light of our current concerns about global security? Absolutely. More than 100 countries have been meeting regularly at the United Nations throughout 2017 to negotiate “a...

Torture: A Moral Issue

Torture: A Moral Issue

  Maryknoll missioners often accompany impoverished and marginalized communities in countries where the rule of law does not exist. At times, people in these communities are imprisoned without trial, are tortured and even “disappeared.” Missioners themselves have suffered imprisonment,...

Nonviolence as a style of politics

Nonviolence as a style of politics

Every day, we hear about war, terrorism and social violence, issues that affect us and our brothers and sisters around the world. The problems can seem so complex that they leave us wondering, “What can I possibly do?” In his message for the 50th World Day of Peace, celebrated on January 1, Pope...

Recommitting to Gospel of Nonviolence

Recommitting to Gospel of Nonviolence

Pope Francis is giving “very strong recognition” to what was discussed at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held at the Vatican last spring, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview in the National Catholic Reporter in September. Cardinal Turkson, who heads the Pontifical Council for...

Signs Of Hope In Aids Pandemic

Signs Of Hope In Aids Pandemic

In 2015 there were 36.7 million people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Over three decades, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide. Now there are finally signs of hope for an AIDS-free world. Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, Maryknoll missioners in Asia,...

Modern Slavery at Sea


Modern Slavery at Sea


Maryknoll missioners In Cambodia and Myanmar are seeing the return of fishermen who have been rescued from slave-like working conditions on Thai fishing boats in the seas off Indonesia. Recruited by false promises of a living wage, these vulnerable people incur crippling debts and suffer terrible...

A World Without Nuclear Weapons

A World Without Nuclear Weapons

Pope Francis’ virtues of courage, compassion and commitment to the Gospel are breathing new life into the campaign for nuclear disarmament. || [googlefont font=“Cormorant Infant" fontsize="20"]By Susan Gunn[/googlefont] “There is urgent need to work for a world free of nuclear weapons, in full...

End Family Detention

End Family Detention

Since the summer of 2014, when the surge in migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador began to overwhelm the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration courts, the United States has incarcerated thousands of mothers and children at family detention centers. || [googlefont font=“Cormorant Infant"...

Fasting for Mother Earth

Fasting for Mother Earth

Almost one year ago, Pope Francis changed the world when he published Laudato Si’, his letter on the environment. || [googlefont font=“Cormorant Infant" fontsize="20"]By Susan Gunn[/googlefont] In it, he says that human activity is mostly to blame for global climate change, and he offers an...

Responding to Migrants

Responding to Migrants

Jesus is clear about how we are to respond to newcomers in need when he says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). || [googlefont font=“Cormorant Infant" fontsize="20"]By Susan Gunn[/googlefont] Today, in dozens of countries around the world, war, threats of violence and...

RESPONDING TO THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

The World Watch column in our May/June 2014 issue opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast generated a flurry of reader responses. Of the 48 letters and emails we received on the topic, all but three were critical of the position of the...

Transfiguration tragedy

Transfiguration tragedy

On Aug. 6, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration, in which, as the Gospel tells us, in the presence of three disciples, Jesus’ face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. From a cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” This...

Mission from where we are

Mission from where we are

|| By Kevin Foy Kevin Foy, associate director of mission education and promotion in the western U.S. region, based in Seattle, Wash., introduces a special Partner in Mission from Washington State. When Bessie Douglas found out she was going to do mission education in her St. Anthony parish in...

Keystone XL pipeline: APPROVAL COULD BE DEADLY

Keystone XL pipeline: APPROVAL COULD BE DEADLY

In recent years, an energetic movement has emerged in the United States to protest the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport an estimated daily 800,000 barrels of tar oil extracted from tar sands in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined, exported and burned. The...

The plight of refugees near and far

The plight of refugees near and far

In this issue, Sister Rosemarie Milazzo shares about her recent experience in Iraq, including visiting refugees fleeing the conflict in neighboring Syria. (See story, page 18.) According to a report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 1.1 million Syrian...

Equal education for girls

Equal education for girls

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, to be met by 2015. The goals form a blueprint agreed to by all countries and leading development institutions. The goals are: 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieve universal primary education; 3) promote...

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