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Education for Justice | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

A Daily Photo Journal: Remembrance of the Little Ones for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On January 15, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, begin using this daily photo journal for one week to reflect on the lived experience of children who are migrants and refugees.

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Center of Concern | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Refugees and Migrants - Are They Part of Our Common Good?

On January 15, 2017, the Catholic Church observes the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year, Pope Francis focuses on refugee children, who are often unaccompanied, vulnerable, and voiceless. Integral Voice Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of International Catholic Migration Commission based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers his thoughts on the reactions to Laudato Si and the crying need to promote civil and political love for migrants and refugees in our world today.

Click here to read Monsignor Vitillo's reflection on Center of Concern's Integral Voices blog.

Education for Justice | Thu, Jan 12, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: I Am Miriam

The I Am Miriam video (found at: www.against-humanity.org), strives to inform the public about the realities of human trafficking and provide resources for educating and acting in the fight against this terrible scourge. 

The companion Web site, Against Humanity, aims to form educated advocates for change. This Web site follows the four moments of the Pastoral Circle™: See, Think, Reflect, and Act. Each page provides tools and resources to learn about the reality of human trafficking and to respond through individual and collective advocacy.

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Center of Concern | Mon, Jan 9, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: I Am Miriam

The I Am Miriam video (found at: www.against-humanity.org), strives to inform the public about the realities of human trafficking and provide resources for educating and acting in the fight against this terrible scourge. 

The companion Web site, Against Humanity, aims to form educated advocates for change. This Web site follows the four moments of the Pastoral Circle™: See, Think, Reflect, and Act. Each page provides tools and resources to learn about the reality of human trafficking and to respond through individual and collective advocacy.

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Education for Justice | Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Prayer for Aleppo

 

 

 

 

 

After the fall of eastern Aleppo,

We pray for the souls of those who have perished,

That they may experience the joy of everlasting life.

 

We pray for the survivors and remaining civilians,

Who now face grave risk of detention, torture,

And death by their own government,

That they find comfort and safe haven.

We pray for all who have witnessed

The destruction of their homes

And experienced unfathomable loss and horror.

 

We pray for the doctors, humanitarians, faith leaders,

Reporters, first responders, and the White Helmets,

Who bravely entered Aleppo,

Risking and sacrificing their lives

To alleviate the suffering of others.

 

We watched the goodbye messages pour out of Aleppo

And heard the people’s final cries for peace and justice.

Help us to recognize that our words and prayers are not enough.

Give us the courage to condemn those who have committed

Horrific war crimes against thousands of innocents.

 

Grant us the will to protect your children, 

Who have endured chemical weapons, aerial bombings,

And been denied food, water, and medicine.

 

Forgive us for our inaction and silence.

Forgive us our ignorance and lack of compassion.

Forgive us for standing by in the face of genocide

Until it was too late.

 

After every tragedy, our words and prayers are the same:

“Never again.”

After the Holocaust,

After Cambodia,

After Bosnia,

After Darfur,

And after Rwanda.

 

Years from now, we will be forced to answer for Aleppo.

We pray that when we say,

“Never again,”

That this time it will be true. Amen. 

 

— Irene Koo

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