Reflection from El Salvador: Roses in December
Susan Gunn of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, wrote this reflection on the visit of the LCWR-SHARE Foundation delegation to the communities in El Salvador where the churchwomen were martyred in 1980.
The following article was published in the January-February 2023 issue of NewsNotes.
New Book on Bolivian Democracy
A group of Bolivian academics, journalists, and former government officials, concerned about the state of democracy in Bolivia after the 2019 elections and the subsequent ouster of then-President Evo Morales, has produced a new book, Los 40 años del 10 de octubre - Memorias de nuestra democracia (The 40 Years Since the 10th of October: Memories of Our Democracy).
Peru: Calling for Respect for Life in Conflict
Several dozen Peruvians have lost their lives and hundreds have been injured in the unrest following a rapid succession of power shifts at the presidential level at the end of 2022. This article previously appeared on our website in late December and is presented here with a January update.
Myanmar: ‘Wounded, Displaced’ Church
One year after facing criticism for a friendly meeting with junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon calls on Catholics to pray for the conflict-torn nation. The following article was first published by UCA News on December 9. 2022.
South Africa: Reforms Uncertain
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa survived two votes in December that threatened his leadership and will face a general election in 2024 that will reveal how much support he retains with the South African people.
South Sudan: Preparing for Papal Visit
After a two-year delay due to the pandemic, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo from January 31 through February 5, 2023.
Deeptime Leadership and Wellness Course
Sister Margaret Lacson, MM, describes her experience with the Deeptime Leadership and Wellness Course offered by the Deeptime Journey Network, a Princeton, New Jersey-based nonprofit focused on building a community that “understands the universe as a primary context.”
Maryknoll Missioners in Peru call for respect for life amidst conflict
As of this morning 26 people have been killed in the country during the protests of the last week (some only teenagers). We are hoping that there be no further loss of life and that the government listen to the people.
Maryknoll OGC Asks Biden to Make Lethal Force Policy Public
We believe these disclosures are vital for the American people and global community to
understand the wide-reaching implications of this policy, and for embedding key transparency
and accountability principles in U.S. national security policy for administrations to come.
Maryknoll OGC Asks for Active Steps to Reverse Biodiversity Loss
It is the responsibility of state parties to stop and reverse biodiversity loss, and hold corporations and financiers accountable for their historical and ongoing role in driving biodiversity impacts.
Maryknoll OGC Asks for the Repeal of the 2002 Iraq AUMF
Congress passed the 2002 Iraq AUMF more than 20 years ago to authorize the use of force against Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime. After the deaths of approximately 120,000 Iraqi civilians and 4,500 US service members, and more than $800 billion spent, this war was formally declared over in 2011. In repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF, Congress would finally reclaim its constitutional war powers in a manner both deeply significant and increasingly uncontroversial. We urge you to seize this opportunity to get it off the books for good.
Maryknoll OGC joins in asking Biden for Loss and Damage funding
Supporting a new issuance of Special Drawing Rights at the International Monetary Fund and announcing US financing for the loss and damage fund established at COP27 would not only help provide urgently needed resources to bolster African and other developing economies, but would also demonstrate that the United States is shifting to be more responsive to the needs of developing economies.