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Center of Concern | Tue, Jan 2, 2018

Center of Concern appoints pastoral, thought, and executive leader Kevin R. Locke to serve as the inaugural director of Center Advisory.

Integral Ecology | Tue, Jan 2, 2018

Laudato Si’ and Caring for Migrants and Refugees

“There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. ... We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. ... The poor and the earth are crying out." Center of Concern has asked me what, from my perspective, has changed since the release of Laudato Si’, what has not, and what gives me hope. From the very beginning of his papacy in 2013, Pope Francis has encouraged the Church to accompany all people who have to flee. He wept with the asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants huddled at Lampedusa and Lesbos, major transit points in Italy and Greece. He brought some Syrian refugee families back from Lesbos to live in the Vatican. Compassion also marks how Pope Francis wove the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth together in his 2015 Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical had a positive impact on international gatherings from the World Meetings of Popular Movements to the Paris Treaty on Climate Change. It continues to inspire practical actions to reverse climate change or desertification and to promote and integrate the newly arrived. Welcoming migrants and refugees has even helped some communities to revitalize. Read the rest of Fr. Michael's blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2018/01/01/laudato-si-and-caring-for-migrants-and-refugees/.

Education for Justice | Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Film Discussion Guide: The Sultan and the Saint

This film tells the true story of the friendship between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil. Through their interaction, we see that interfaith dialogue can work to foster understanding among peoples of different faith traditions, cultures, and ethnicities.

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Report: "Violence against women migrant workers"

This report from the United Nations Secretary General was published on July 25, 2017. It outlines the current context with respect to the problem of violence against women migrant workers. It provides information on the measures taken by Member States and activities undertaken within the United Nations system to address this issue and ensure the protection of migrant women’s human rights. The report concludes with recommendations for future action.