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Faith-based Organizations Urge Congress: Border Wall Proposal Inconsistent with Interfaith Values April 25th, 2017

About eighty national and state groups from various faith traditions issued a letter asking Congress to stand against any funding for a border wall or other forms of border militarization. “We stand against a wall because our faith communities have ministries and relationships deeply rooted in border communities and through these relationships, we’ve found that walls do not deter migration, they are an ineffective and immoral use of public funds, they hurt communities, businesses, and landowners in the border region, they increase risk of flooding and cause other environmental harms, and they infringe on the rights of indigenous communities.” The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate JPIC joined other faith-based organizations in endorsing and signing the letter.

READ THE LETTER HERE.


A Disappointing Ruling For Millions Of Immigrants June 23rd, 2016

SpremeCourtLesterBy a 4-4 split, the U.S Supreme Court has ruled against President Barack Obama’s immigration plan – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The two initiatives were announced by President Obama to provide some deportation relief and work permits to qualified undocumented immigrants. This means the decision by a lower court upholding the preliminary injunction against these immigration relief measures will stand.

“It is very sad indeed to see that this process is caught up in partisan politics and what continued inaction will mean for immigrant families,” said U.S Missionary Oblates Provincial Fr. Bill Antone, OMI. “These decisions open the door to serious injustices in which talented young immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. and their precious parents and families are torn apart by deportation simply to satisfy short-sighted political interests.”  

Missionary Oblates JPIC joins other faith communities, religious leaders and immigrant rights groups in expressing deep disappointment with this ruling. Earlier this year, diverse faith based organizations joined in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of these two executive orders to provide deferred action for millions of undocumented families. 

The fact is DAPA and DACA would have helped millions of immigrant families to stop living with the constant threat of family deportation.


Mark this Advent With Saint Eugène De Mazenod November 18th, 2015

 

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Missionary Oblates JPIC is pleased to offer resources for the 2015 Advent season for you to adapt and use in your congregations, communities and personal prayer time. The Advent packet includes themes for the four weeks of Advent with related scripture, quotes from Saint Eugène De Mazenod, reflections and action. Please feel free to share this resource. Download the resource here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Call for Compassion Toward Immigrants October 26th, 2015

When the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us. Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity, in a constant effort to do our best. I am confident that we can do this.”

(Pope Francis to Joint Session of U.S Congress- September 24, 2015)

 

On October 20, the Senate voted down “Stop Sanctuary Cities and Protect Americans Act,” also known as S.2146. Missionary Oblates JPIC joined other religious-based organizations and human rights groups in expressing profound concern about the potential impacts if S.2146 became law. Church groups expressed that such programs have led to increased fear of immigration detention and deportation among immigrant families in communities across the country. We appreciate you for standing with immigrant families and raising your faithful voices to Senators in Congress. Your voice made a huge impact.

 

 


Renewing Our Ministry: Pope Francis in the United States October 6th, 2015

IN-FLIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FROM SANTIAGO DE CUBA TO WASHINGTON D.C.

Papal Flight
Tuesday, 22 September 2015

During his visit to Cuba Pope Frances met many people, delivered several speeches, and celebrated the Eucharist with thousands of people under a burning and overwhelming sun. On the flight from Cuba to the U.S., he took questions from reporters. Read the complete speech here

WELCOMING CEREMONY
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

South Lawn of the White House, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Pope Francis spoke to a gathering on the South Lawn of the White House and began by introducing himself as the son of immigrants, saying he was happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. Pope Francis also expressed support for President Obama’s proposal for an initiative to reduce air pollution, pointing out it is a problem that can no longer be left to a future generation. He also echoed the call for religious liberty. Read the complete speech here

MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015

In an address to several hundred U.S. bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the pope reminded them of their responsibilities as shepherds. He again raised the issue of immigration, praising the Church’s advocacy activities on the issue. He also praised efforts to fulfill the Church’s mission of “education in schools at every level and in the charitable services offered by your numerous institutions.” “We need to let the Lord’s words echo constantly in our hearts,” said Pope Francis. He quoted scripture from Matthew saying, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, who am meek and humble of heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls” (Mt 11:28-30). Read the complete speech here

VISIT TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 24 September 2015

As the first pontiff to address the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis’ message touched on many issues, including hot-button ones like immigration, the effects of unjust structures, the death penalty, abortion, the arms trade, and religious extremism. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to address the Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. Read the complete speech here


VISIT TO THE CHARITABLE CENTER OF ST PATRICK PARISH
AND MEETING WITH THE HOMELESS
GREETING OF THE HOLY FATHER

St Patrick in the City, Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 24 September 2015

The pope spoke at St. Patrick in the City, later sharing lunch with low-income and homeless people at a nearby Catholic Charities facility. He quoted from the book of Matthew saying: “I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you helped me.” Read the complete speech here

MEETING WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

United Nations Headquarters, New York
Friday, 25 September 2015

As the fifth pope to address the United Nations, Pope Francis is his speech to the assembly emphasized concern for the poor and those fleeing political and economic oppression and the need for political inclusion. He touched on traditional Catholic concerns such as the sanctity of life and spoke on the need to protect the environment, stating that “the misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion.” Read the complete speech here


MEETING WITH THE PERSONNEL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
GREETING OF THE HOLY FATHER

United Nations Headquarters, New York
Friday, 25 September 2015

At the United Nations Pope Frances praised staff, calling them the “backbone of this Organization”. He thanked them for their welcome and expressed gratitude for the work done to prepare for his visit. Read the complete speech here


INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Ground Zero Memorial, New York
Friday, 25 September 2015

During his visit to Ground Zero to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attack, Pope Francis stopped for a moment of silence at the reflecting pool and greeted some of the families of victims. An address and prayers at a Multireligious Meeting followed this for Peace, where various religious communities also offered prayers and reflections. Read the complete speech here


MEETING WITH CHILDREN AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Our Lady, Queen of Angels School, Harlem, New York
Friday, 25 September 2015

At Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Spanish Harlem where many of the students are from immigrant families and non-Catholics, Pope Francis spoke of dreams and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., saying Dr. King’s dream was that people could have equal opportunities. “His dream was that many children like you could get an education,” the pope said. Pope Francis prayed the Hail Mary with students and they invited him to inspect their science projects highlighting environmental themes. Read the complete speech here

 

VISIT TO DETAINEES AT CURRAN-FROMHO PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

B. Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Saturday, 26 September 2015

At a prayer vigil for the Festival of Families, Pope Francis thanked the families who were willing to share their life stories. He thanked them for their witness and called the family the living symbol of the loving plan of which the Father once dreamed. “To want to form a family is to resolve to be a part of God’s dream, to choose to dream with him, to want to build with him, to join him in this saga of building a world where no one will feel alone, unwanted or homeless” he said. Read the complete speech here


MEETING FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
WITH THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY AND OTHER IMMIGRANTS

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Independence Mall, Philadelphia
Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Pope met with members of the Hispanic community and immigrants at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park saying, “when governments respect human rights and freedoms, especially the right to religious liberty, they benefit from their citizens’ respect and care for others.” He urged that the “ringing words” of the US Declaration of Independence proclaiming equality and that all men and women are endowed by their creator with “inalienable rights” are powerful words that should be “constantly reaffirmed, re-appropriated and defended.” Read the complete speech here


LD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Philadelphia
Sunday, 27 September 2015

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At Philadelphia’s largest correctional facility Pope Francis met with about 100 inmates and individually shook the hands of each one. He encouraged the inmates to get their lives back on track, saying this time in their lives can only have one purpose, “to give you a hand in getting back on the right road, to give you a hand to help you rejoin society”. Read the complete speech here


MEETING WITH VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia
Sunday, 27 September 2015

At St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Pope Francis met with five adults who suffered abuse as minors. He began by saying, “Words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered. You are precious children of God who should always expect our protection, our care and our love.” The Pope listened to the sex abuse victims’ testimonies, talked with them both as a group and individually, and then prayed with them. Read the complete speech here


GREETING TO THE ORGANIZERS, VOLUNTEERS AND BENEFACTORS
OF THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Philadelphia International Airport
Sunday, 27 September 2015

Before his departure from Philadelphia, Pope Francis formally met with organizers, volunteers and benefactors involved with the World Meeting of Families at the Philadelphia International Airport. He thanked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, civil authorities, organizers, and all volunteers and benefactors who assisted in ways “large and small”. He also thanked the families who shared their witness during the Meeting, saying, “It is not so easy to speak openly of one’s life journey! But their honesty and humility before the Lord and each of us showed the beauty of family life in all its richness and diversity.” Read the complete speech here

 


Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Bishops Call for an End to Detention of Families March 27th, 2015

The current policy of family detention is unworthy of our nation; Humane alternatives to detention are available
 

lostindetentionCatholic and Evangelical Lutheran bishops visited with young mothers and children who have fled violence in their home countries and are now incarcerated at Dilley Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, on March 27. The faith leaders called upon the federal government to halt the practice of family detentions, citing the harmful effects on mothers, children and the moral character of society.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, Texas, whose archdiocese includes Dilley, was joined by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas. Bishops Michael Rinehart and H. Julian Gordy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America also joined them on the visit. Since last summer, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has detained hundreds of families at detention centers in New Mexico, Texas, and Pennsylvania, under a new family detention policy aimed at families fleeing violence in Central America.

“After this visit, my primary question is: Why? Why do we feel compelled to place in detention such vulnerable individuals –traumatized young mothers with children fleeing persecution in their home countries?” said Archbishop García-Siller following the visit. “A great nation such as ours need not incarcerate the most vulnerable in the name of deterrence. The moral character of a society is judged by how it treats the most vulnerable in our midst. Our nation’s family detention policy is shameful and I implore our elected officials to end it.”

Bishop Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, added: “The detention of families serves no purpose and undermines due process. It especially harms children, who experience emotional and psychological harm from detention. The policy is a stain on the administration’s record on immigration.”

Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas, said humane alternatives to detention exist and should be used for the population.

“The government should consider placing these families in humane alternatives to detention, where they could live in the community and access needed services, including legal representation,” Bishop Tamayo said. “The Church is ready to assist in this effort.”

Information on the USCCB position on family detention can be found on the USCCB website at:

www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/position-papers/upload/Family-Detention-Paper_Final_-3-19-15-2.pdf

Read the Bishops’ Letter to President Obama here…

 

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