The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns joins over 40 U.S.-based faith, human rights, foreign policy, humanitarian, immigrant rights and border-based civil society organizations in a statement to express deep concern over the Trump Administration’s latest actions on Central America including the wholesale cutoffs of assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
The history of Maryknoll in Latin America is rich and deep. Our commitment to the promotion of social justice and peace in the region cost several of our missioners their lives during the years of oppression, including Fr. Bill Woods, MM in Guatemala (1976), and Sisters Ita Ford, MM, Maura Clarke, MM and Carla Piete, MM in El Salvador in 1980. Some, like Fr. Miguel D’Escoto in Nicaragua, have served in public roles in support of those who live in poverty. Countless others have accompanied the Central American people in their daily struggles for survival, for social justice, for an end to the violence that destroys their communities; for new life.
Among the particular concerns of Maryknoll in Latin America are poverty, its causes and consequences; migration and refugees; health care, especially holistic care that includes good nutrition and preventative care; access to essential medicines for treatable or curable illness; HIV and AIDS; the rights and dignity of women and children; the response of authorities to the growth in gang violence; mining concessions; just trade agreements; debt cancellation; small and subsistence farming and other work accessible to people who are poor; and environmental destruction.
The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns condemns President Trump's emergency declaration and calls on Congress to enact immigration policies that protect human rights.
As the leadership of the Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, we denounce the cruel and immoral “zero-tolerance” immigration policy enacted by the Trump Administration which has resulted in the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, the criminal prosecution of anyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and severe restrictions on asylum applications.
Articles, alerts, events
While freedom of speech is a basic right recognized (though not always respected) internationally, progressive governments in South America are working to go beyond that.
On August 15, we celebrated the birth of Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man whose words and example continue to reverberate through El Salvador and the world.
Written by Gabriela Romeri (writer/editor with Revista Maryknoll), Chelsey Clammer and Rae Bryant, and published originally on The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review website.
In response to the dramatically increasing number of lawsuits and claims in international tribunals by European and U.S. multinational companies, ministers and ambassadors from 12 Latin American countries met in Ecuador on April 22 at the "First Ministerial Conference of Latin American States affected by the interests of transnationals" in order to create mechanisms to better defend themselves.
While it was progressive organizations like the Free Pass Movement (MPL) that organized the marches, this year, with complaints about public services, as the protests grew in size, conservative forces tried to take control of the marches to make them appear to be a generalized clamor against President Dilma Rousseff.
Indigenous peoples of Guatemala urge Sec. of State Kerry to hold the state of Guatemala accountable for unjust actions.
A few reflections from Maryknoll missioners on the recent trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt.
The following update is provided by Maryknoll Affiliate Renate Schneider who coordinates Haitian Connection, a non-profit that focuses on health and education needs in Haiti.
The death of President Hugo Chavez on March 5 led many to question whether the "Bolivarian Revolution" of significant social and economic changes could continue without Chavez’s larger-than-life presence.
During the recent trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt and former chief of military intelligence Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, observers felt as if they were on a rollercoaster ride as the trial took many twists and turns.
Honduras continues to experience the highest levels of violence in the world with 92 deaths per 100,000 people (compared to a global average of 6.9 per 100,000). Sadly, members of the Honduran police and military not only have been unable to decrease it, but are often themselves perpetrators of the violence.
The following article is reprinted from the Trial of Efrain Rios Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez website.
No More Deaths has circulated the following alert to respond to the death of 16-year old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez.
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Tim Ross in El Salvador reflects on God's answer to the cries of all those who are suffering.
The following reflection was prepared by Maryknoll Sr. Efu Nyaki, who works with women in Brazil.
Maryknoll Father Stephen Judd reflects on restoring relationships during the season of Lent.
Maryknoll Father Dennis Moorman in Brazil reflects on Jesus' call for transformation of our sinful social structures as well as ourselves.
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.
Maryknoll Sister Ann Braudis reflects on the Advent themes of darkness, light, waiting for Christ and welcoming the stranger.
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Peg Vamosy, a horticulturist by training who works with Catholic parishioners in El Salvador to improve agricultural production, writes this week's reflection.
The following reflection was prepared by Judy Coode in 2014, while working with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. Ms. Coode is the coordinator of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International.
Maryknoll Father John Ruessmann writes about appreciating what each person offers in challenging situations.
Maryknoll Father Paul Masson has served as a missioner in Chile and on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Larry Parr, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador, reflects on the power of conversion to transform people and places broken down by violence.
Claire Stewart, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil, reflects on saying "Yes" to God's call, as Mary did.
Maryknoll Sr. Phyllis O’Toole, who lived and worked in Nicaragua, reflects on calling out to God during times of crisis.