The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns issued the following press statement on September 13, 2017.
Maryknoll missioners around the world feel the impact of social injustice and see its effects in the communities were they live and work. Flowing from their ministries of presence and accompaniment, as well as from the concrete programs and projects in which Maryknollers participate, we engage in the hard work of identifying root causes of social and economic injustice. With a particular focus on the geographical regions where Maryknoll is present, as well as on structural or systemic injustice affecting women, children, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees and people with HIV and AIDS, we join with others of like mind to identify potential pathways to social transformation and to move our world in that direction.
On November 20, 14 Catholic organizations, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, sent a statement to members of Congress regarding the Syrian refugee crisis and the need to welcome Syrian refugees.
Maryknoll recognizes the great importance of the publication of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the use of torture, which details terrible acts of horrific brutality.
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Over a month after they started their pro-democracy street occupations on September 28, the most surprising thing about the “umbrella movement” campaigners in Hong Kong is that they are still there.
The following is an excerpt from a letter sent in October to Congressional leaders as they work on the Fiscal Year 2015 State and Foreign Operations bills; it was signed by 52 faith-based, humanitarian, labor, and human rights organizations including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC).
The Pan African Network on Nonviolence and Peacebuilding has issued this statement which connects the spread of the Ebola virus with the potential for increased violence and conflict in countries most affected.
Two policy proposals offer an excellent opportunity to unite labor and environment to achieve important changes that will be essential to both worker security and environmental sustainability in the future.
Recent Bolivian presidential and legislative elections showed the consolidation of the political power of the charismatic indigenous leader Evo Morales and his Movimiento a socialismo (Movement to Socialism, MAS) party in electing him to serve an unprecedented third term with a resounding 61 percent of the popular vote.
That there is an immigration crisis in this country with great humanitarian concerns is widely acknowledged; the question remains how to address this complicated legal, political and community issue.
According to a report crafted by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Jesuit Conference of the United States, the recent drop in the number of migrants from Central America trying to enter the U.S. through the southern border can be attributed to the policies being implemented by the Mexican and Central American governments at the behest of, and with funding from, the U.S. government.
From Nov. 5-13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Justice for Immigrants campaign will sponsor a week of call-in days to the White House to urge protection for families facing deportation.
Use this link at the Justice for Immigrants' website to send a message to the president and Congress opposing the use of family detention in regards to Central American and Mexican migrants at the U.S. border.
Financial support for reconstruction in Gaza is urgently needed. Adequate oversight will be important to ensure that materials are used for their intended purposes, but restrictions should not be so onerous that they tie the hands of those seeking to rebuild. In addition, to end the cycle of violence, underlying causes must be addressed, including the lifting of the Gaza blockade.
El Paso's Annunciation House, which has provided shelter for migrants for decades, has drafted this petition to President Obama, urging specific and immediate action on immigration.
ECPAT-USA asks those of us in the U.S. to contact our senators and urge their support of S. 1738, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives.
Maryknoll Father Thomas Henehan is a member of the Maryknoll Hispanic Outreach in the USA.
The following reflection was prepared by Judy Coode in 2014, while working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Ms. Coode is the coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International.
Maryknoll Father John Ruessmann writes about appreciating what each person offers in challenging situations.
Kathy Morefield, a Maryknoll Affiliate who served in Cambodia, wrote the following reflection.
The life story of South African Anglican priest Michael Lapsley, a friend to many Maryknoll missioners, is an inspiration for forgiveness.
Larr Parr, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador, reflects on the power of conversion to transform people and places broken down by violence.
Maryknoll Father James Kroeger, on mission in the Philippines, reflects on seeing the divine in the ordinary.
Claire Stewart, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil, reflects on saying "Yes" to God's call, as Mary did.
Alfonso Buzzo, former Peace Fellow, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, writes about seeing Jesus in the suffering migrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Maryknoll Sister Theresa Baldini, who was on mission in South Sudan, reflects on the biblical call to forgiveness and reconciliation for justice to be restored in our relationships.
This week's reflection is written by Karen Bortvedt, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Cambodia.
Father Mike Duggan, who was on mission in Korea for many years, writes this week's Scripture reflection.
Curt Klueg, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, writes this week's Scripture reflection on the great gift of forgiveness.