Senate Hearing on Refugees Statement
Statement for the Record U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on “Living Up to America’s Promise: The Need to Bolster the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program” March 22, 2023
Maryknoll OGC Asks Congress to Reduce Military Spending
Maryknoll OGC joined 60 other faith-based organizations in asking Congress for a reduction of military spending in the U.S. Government for the 2024 fiscal year.
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Lenten Reflection Guide: Inspired by Laudato Si’
The 2023 Lenten Reflection Guide: Inspired by Laudato Si’ from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, fasts, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the experience of Maryknoll missioners who have lived and worked with marginalized communities around the world. Reflections run from Ash Wednesday, February 22 through Palm Sunday, April 2
Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Released
The resettlement of Majid Khan from Guantanamo Bay prison to Belize, marks the first time a “high intelligence value” prisoner has been freed.
CBP One App: Biased Against Dark-Skinned People
The agency’s app is now the exclusive way to schedule appointments to request asylum. The app, rated 2.7 and 2.5 out of five in the Google and Apple stores, respectively, has limitations and errors that effectively exclude the most vulnerable populations of asylum seekers.
U.S. Congress: PEPFAR and Farm Bill
A divided Congress and a feuding House chamber will make it difficult to focus on what needs to be done to keep U.S. programs for international HIV/AIDS relief and food aid.
Faith Groups Pressure Big Banks to Phase Out New Fossil-Fuel Financing
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) a coalition of over 300 global faith-based and values-based institutions have filed two shareholder proposals at six of the nation’s top banks calling on them to reduce their financing of fossil fuels and fulfil their own public commitment to achieving net zero CO2
Tanzania Seizes Maasai Cattle
After exposing cuts to public services for the Maasai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania at the end of 2022, the Oakland Institute offers the following urgent update, detailing forced cattle seizures by the government in an ongoing attempt to force the Maasai off their lands.
Africa: Heat and Drought
The African continent is experiencing unprecedented and severe consequences of extreme heat this year, from a three-year drought in the Horn of Africa and record-setting temperatures in the south
Nicaragua: Release of Political Prisoners
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega released two-hundred twenty-two political prisoners, exiling them to the United States on February 9. He also revoked their citizenship. The basis for this article was previously published on the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns website on February 15
Peru: Indigenous People Call for Justice
Protests following the failed coup attempt of the former president were met with deadly police violence