Engaging Faith | Tue, Sep 29, 2009
Remarks and powerpoint presented at the seminar, “G-20 Summit: Promise or Peril,” at The Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought, Duquesne University on September 21, 2009.
Father Hug contends that the demonstrators who will be in the streets of Pittsburgh this week are just the latest incarnation of gatherings of people from around the world who have been traveling to meetings of heads of state like the G-8 and the G-20 or at intergovernmental meetings like the UN Conferences of the late 1980s and the 1990s, WTO Ministerial meetings or the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank for the last 20 years.
Through these years, the organization and communications of the groups have become stronger and more sophisticated. Their message has become clearer, more focused, and more urgent. They want the leaders gathered to hear that the policies these political elites are furthering and the ways they are governing the world are destructive. Those policies are creating or contributing to growing poverty and hunger at the same time as they are enriching a very small percentage of the world’s people in a way that is unbearable. And they are threatening the survival of the planet.
Their message, loud and insistent, is “Another World is Possible!”
Center of Concern | Thu, Feb 22, 2018
On Thursday, February 15th, we gathered with friends, donors, and colleagues to dedicate the Center's new space for mission, dialogue, and hospitality. Read more about the event in this email
Education for Justice | Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Once again, we pray for those killed, injured, and wounded by a school shooting. We bless the students who continue to rise up and speak truth to power in order to end gun violence.
Copyright © 2018, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.
Education for Justice | Fri, Feb 16, 2018
We join in the mourning of the victims of the most recent mass shooting and recommit ourselves to the path of nonviolence and peace.
Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.
Center of Concern | Mon, Feb 12, 2018
The honor of your presence is requested as we dedicate Center of Concern's new home:
1627 K Street, N.W., Eleventh Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
Thursday, February 15, 2018
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Education for Justice | Mon, Feb 12, 2018
"Gold and diamonds are often mined under brutal, abusive conditions. Children are injured or even killed working in hazardous mines. Whole communities face ill-health when mines pollute waterways with toxic chemicals. In war, civilians have suffered enormously as abusive armed groups have enriched themselves by exploiting gold and diamonds."
Take action and make the right choice. Tell Big Jewelry Companies to Come Clean: https://www.hrw.org/behindthebling.
Education for Justice | Fri, Jan 19, 2018
Education for Justice's 2018 Lenten Reflections are offered by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. These reflections are meant to provide a window into God's immense wisdom, offer connections between Catholic social tradition and restorative justice, and invite us to walk boldy in our faith.
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
“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/.