Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Resources from the January-February 2019 issue of NewsNotes

1)    Romero, the Film Collector’s Edition, updated and available on DVD and Digital. In honor of Blessed Oscar Romero of El Salvador, The Romero Collector’s Edition film has been remastered and chronicles the amazing true transformation of an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed leader, who started a revolution without guns, without and army, without fear. Starring Golden Globe winners Raul Julia and Richard Jordan. 

2)    South Sudan: Fr. Victor-Luke Odhiambo, SJ was killed during an attack by unknown assailants against the Jesuit community in Cueibe on November 15. The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar released a statement on November 19 in which the Society condemns the murder and calls for a set of actions to address the protracted violent conflict in South Sudan. 

3)    Venezuela: The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) suggests action the U.S. government can take to help bring about a peaceful solution to the country's ongoing crisis. 

4)    Guatemala: The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) issued a statement urges Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to comply with the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ruling which overturns his decision to abruptly cancel the mandate of the anti-corruption agency CICIG.

5)    Torture: The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture issued a report on its investigation into the role North Carolina-based Aero Contractors played in the CIA’s rendition flights – the flights it used to transfer prisoners overseas to be tortured in CIA facilities and by foreign countries. 

6)    Extractive Industry: The participants of the Thematic Social Forum on Mining and Extractivist Economy in Johannesburg in November issued a final declaration entitled “Beyond Extractivism: Reclaiming People’s Power, Our Right to Say No!”

7)    The Price of Free: a documentary on child labor and child slavery that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, is now available free to watch on Youtube.

8)    Child Labor: U.S. Department of Labor’s 2017 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor Report is available on at and the Department of Labor’s 2018 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor 

9)    Human Trafficking: The 2018 UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2014 and 2016.

10)    U.S. Border Wall:  “Border Wall Costs to Date: The Costs of Physical Barriers along the U.S.-Mexico Border” by Taxpayers for Common Sense 

11)    Legal action against border wall: Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville issued a statement on October 29 saying the federal government is attempting to take church property to build a border wall. Bishop Flores says the wall would limit the church’s freedom to exercise their mission and would be contrary to it. The bishop also says that the government has notified the Diocese that court documents have been filed in federal court to try to gain access to their land. 

12)    Legal action against pipeline: The Adorers of the Blood of Christ petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the construction of a government-sanctioned gas pipeline on their property in Pennsylvania because it is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). If constructed, the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline would run directly through the religious order’s land.

13)    Plan now to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in Washington, D.C., April 5 – 8. The theme is “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World.” More information is available at