Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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September-October 2019

NewsNotes

Vol.44, No. 5

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Amazon Synod: Extractive Industries: The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region is scheduled to take place in Rome from October 6-27 on the theme, “Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology.” Extractive industries are a probable major topic at the meeting.

Catholic Campaign to End Child DetentionDan Moriarty of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns reflects on his decision to join more than 70 Catholic leaders in a prayer vigil and in nonviolent civil disobedience at the U.S. Capitol on July 18 in an effort to pressure government leaders to end the immoral practice of detaining immigrant children.

Climate Change and Our FoodThe United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report about the impact of climate change on our food production and our food’s production’s impact on climate change.

Immigration: New “Public Charge” Rule:The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns stands against the final version of the “public charge” rule which will bar those who have received some forms of government assistance from gaining legal immigration status.

Zimbabwe: Human Trafficking RecruitmentZimbabwe is experiencing significant challenges politically, economically and environmentally. Sister Janice McLaughlin, M.M., writes from the capital city of Harare about new patterns in human trafficking recruitment that have emerged amid these great pressures. 

Asylum Policy and Our Nation’s ValuesMaryknoll Lay Missioner Heidi Cerneka, an immigration attorney in El Paso, speaks out against the recent changes to U.S. asylum policy on the southern border. 

Control of Malaria: The Case of Uganda: The prevention and control of malaria remains a serious problem in Uganda and in nearby countries.

Brazil: Behind the Latest Prison MassacreMaryknoll Lay Missioner Joanne Blaney, who works to promote restorative justice in São Paulo, Brazil, explains how a recent prison massacre in Brazil reflects the grave problems in the justice system.

World Migrant and Refugee DayThe following is an excerpt from Pope Francis’s message for World Migrant and Refugee Day 2019 on September 29. He implores Christians to look inside themselves and develop dispositions that will allow them to embrace their vocation to welcome the weak and marginalized. 

Liberating PeaceSr. Marvie Misolas, M.M., considers the limitations and dangers of the concept of “liberal peace,” and reflects on the notion of “liberating peace.” 

Resources: Find links to bulletins on the Synod on the Amazon, information on the youth-led climate strike in September, updates on inspiring actions against climate change, and much more.

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