Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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Resources from the July-August 2018 issue of NewsNotes

The following resources were listed in the July-August 2018 issue of NewsNotes.

Save the Date! Sister Patricia Ryan, MM and DHUMA are scheduled to receive the prestigious 2018 Letelier-Moffitt International Human Rights Award in Washington, D.C. on October 4. For ticket info, go to Institute for Policy Studies website.

Asylum: Share a fact sheet produced by Washington Office for Latin America. 

Family separation: Share a fact sheet produced by Justice for Immigrants Campaign

Iran nuclear deal: Read and share a letter to Congress by 700+ Catholic organizations

Investor Alliance for Human Rights: The Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers signed on to an investor statement of concern on the situation of human rights defenders. Investors are calling on companies and financial institutions to take broad, systemic action to protect human rights defenders globally, and immediate action to ensure the protection and physical safety of indigenous rights defenders in Philippines, including UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and Joan Carling, co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the statement on the ICCR website 

Zimbabwe: Read and share the new Pastoral Letter from the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference on the national elections scheduled to be held on July 30, 2018. Read the PDF.

Climate Change: Host a Summer Movie Series organized by Interfaith Power and Light for faith communities Order your movie and download discussion guides at the Interfaith Power and Light website

Nicaragua: Updates and statements from the Nicaraguan bishops on peace talks can be found on their website and on their Facebook page 

Nicaragua: The Maryknoll Affiliates shared a letter from Julio Martinez, resident of Nicaragua and nephew of Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, on the political crisis. Julio is asking for help in contacting international progressive groups, especially those that have historical ties to the Sandinista party, to ask them “to denounce this government repression in Nicaragua, and where applicable, publicly cut ties with the party.” Email for assistance in contacting Julio. Read the letter on the Maryknoll Affiliates website

Amazonia: Read the Vatican’s preparatory document for the Synod on the Amazon scheduled to take place in October 2019. It is organized in three parts, based on a “see-judge-act” approach to the Amazonia context, and includes a questionnaire asking pastors to engage with their people in preparation for the Synod. Read the document on the Vatican's website.

“Catholics Are Still In” Campaign: The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joined nearly 600 Catholic organizations in declaring our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. Please encourage the leader of your Catholic institution to sign the declaration. The Catholic Climate Covenant website welcomes signatures until September 12, 2018, the start of the Global Climate Action Summit. Learn more about the campaign at the Catholic Climate Covenant website.   

Third Anniversary of Laudato Si’: The Vatican to commemorate the third anniversary of Laudato Si’ with a conference entitled ‘Saving the Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth’ hosted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, July 5-6. The conference program, including the full list of speakers, is available at  The conference will be livestreamed at