Trafficking in persons is a crime against humanity and ultimately a sin. Human trafficking denies the values of human life, exposes victims to serious health risks, endangers the mental well-being of victims and impedes the ability of victims to reach their full God-given potential. As Christians, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of the divine Creator, of God. The prophets cried out against the exploitation of the poor and of laborers who are not treated fairly and compensated justly (Job 24:1-12).
Maryknoll missioners around the world feel the impact of social injustice and see its effects in the communities were they live and work. Flowing from their ministries of presence and accompaniment, as well as from the concrete programs and projects in which Maryknollers participate, we engage in the hard work of identifying root causes of social and economic injustice. With a particular focus on the geographical regions where Maryknoll is present, as well as on structural or systemic injustice affecting women, children, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees and people with HIV and AIDS, we join with others of like mind to identify potential pathways to social transformation and to move our world in that direction.
Marknoll Sister Marvie Misolas reflects on Jesus' example of courage and faithfulness to God’s call as a source of strength when we face doubt, fear, or even an imminent threat to life.
Dwayne Fernandes, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador, reflects on God's call to heal a broken humanity.
Maryknoll Father Paul Masson shares a story about a parish in Bolivia that is answering God's call to be a prophetic community.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns strongly objects to the announcement made by the Department of Homeland Security on January 8, 2018 that more than 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been living and working legally in the United States with Temporary Protected Status must leave within the next 18 months or face deportation.
Maryknoll Father Michael Snyder asks, as followers of Christ, how will we respond to the challenges life, knowing that God resides within us here and now?
Plan now to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in Washington, D.C., April 20 – 23. The theme is “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People.” More information is available at www.advocacydays.org, or contact the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Share our flyer about the World Day of Peace Message, watch a documentary about life in Palestine, plan to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days, and much more.
The Brazilian small-scale farmers movement led a hunger strike in the first week of December as part of the massive protests against what some have called the most socially regressive austerity package in the world.
Maryknoll Sister Elizabeth “Claris” Zwareva writes about her homeland of Zimbabwe. Sr. Claris serves as Maryknoll’s representative at the United Nations where the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).