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Creating a Culture of Encounter: National Migration Week 2017 December 20th, 2016

National Migration Week is January 8 -14, 2017

The US Bishops have designated January 8 through January 14, 2017 as National Migration Week. This observance calls people of faith to join in solidarity with immigrants, migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking.

The theme for the 2017 National Migration Week is Creating a Culture of Encounter. It focuses on developing awareness of newcomers within our faith communities and celebrating our diversity and richness together as a family of God. This observance is an initiative of the US Bishops and provides Catholics an opportunity to take stock of the wide diversity within the Church and work for justice for immigrants and refugees.

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The Missionary Oblates JPIC Office invites you to use this opportunity to pray, raise awareness and educate your communities on the issue of immigration and Catholic Social Teaching.

The following liturgical resources and a National Migration Week 2017 Toolkit can be downloaded at the US Bishops’ website:

  • A digital copy of the National Migration Week 2017 Prayer Card.
  • A collection of prayers for use in your National Migration Week celebrations.
  • A homily can be used to help frame a message to parishioners on migration.
  • Petitions at your National Migration Week mass, or other gatherings that reflect on the situation confronting migrants.

 


Take Action to Support Refugees – Send a Postcard of Mercy August 31st, 2016

“And who is my neighbor?
He answered, ‘The one who treated him with mercy.’
Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Luke 10: 29; 36-37

Join Missionary Oblates JPIC as we stand with other religious communities to take action to support and protect refugees who are forced to flee violence in their communities. As people of faith, we cannot turn our backs on refugee families as they flee from violence.

This September, both the United Nations and President Obama will host two historic global summits focused on refugees. There is an urgent need for the United States to show global leadership on refugee protection. Global goals include:

• Increasing humanitarian aid by 30 percent
• Doubling the number of refugee resettlement opportunities
• Guaranteeing the right to work for one million more refugees, and
• Ensuring access to education for one million more refugee children.

Will you join us in calling for the United States to lead by example?

Take action by sending this electronic postcard (e-postcard) to the White House and Members of the U.S. Congress.

*Action alert adapted from USCCB Justice for Immigrants


Urge Senators to Protect Deserving, Carefully Vetted Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Families  January 15th, 2016

Background:

Last November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which would effectively halt all resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States for a protracted time.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 the legislation will be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued a statement that said, “they are extremely vulnerable families, women, and children who are fleeing for their lives. We cannot and should not blame them for the actions of a terrorist organization.”

Your U.S. Senators need to hear from you and fellow parishioners that you oppose H.R. 4038 and other bills that would stop or halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Take Action:

Call your Senators at this phone number -1-866-940-2439- TODAY & EVERY DAY leading up to the January 20 vote: Urge them to vote NO to H.R. 4038 and any legislation that would stop, pause or defund the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Sample Script:

“I’m a constituent from [State] and I support the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. I am opposed to any bill that would stop or pause the resettlement of refugees of any nationality or religion. I urge the Senator to vote NO to H.R. 4038, The American SAFE Act.”

 

 

 


Missionary Oblates JPIC sign-on letter to U.S Congress urging to welcome Syrian refugees of all faith traditions October 8th, 2015

Missionary Oblates JPIC Director Fr. Ponce Antonio joined over 400 faith leaders in calling on the United States Congress to welcome Syrian refugees from all faith traditions.

As people of faith, our values call us to welcome the stranger, love our neighbor, and stand with the vulnerable, regardless of their religion. We pray that in your discernment, compassion for the plight of refugees will touch your hearts. We urge you to be bold in choosing moral, just policies that provide refuge for vulnerable individuals seeking protection,” said the faith leaders letter

 Read the letter: Welcome Syrian refugees of ALL Faiths


Philippine Counterinsurgency on Mindanao Fuels Civilian Displacement March 26th, 2015

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Villagers fleeing fighting crowd refugee centers.
(Photo Credit: www.icrc.org)

Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting between government forces and a Muslim insurgent group on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,00 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps since fighting broke out in January between government forces and rebels from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a splinter group of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Provision of food, water and latrines is proving to be a major difficulty. Meanwhile, the fighting has disrupted the rice harvest, which will lead to further food shortages for affected families.

Read the full story on UCANews…

 


Dominican Sisters in Iraq Struggle as Refugees August 26th, 2014

1924370_10204517809287292_4869790629238207762_nWe are sharing these messages from the Adrian Dominican Sisters in the US about the Dominican Sisters in northern Iraq, who are now refugees. The Sisters asked, “Please share the letter with other people. Let the world hear the cry of the poor and the innocent.” (Download a PDF of the Letters)

The first message was received on Saturday, describing the plight of refugees in the wake of the attacks by ISIS. A second email came a short while later from Sister Luma, describing a terrifying journey that involved one of the Sisters walking miles beyond the protection of the Erbil checkpoints into the Nineveh Plain to rescue her elderly parents, who had fled Qaraqosh and were stranded with little food or water by the banks of the Al-Khazi River.

Your prayers and support are deeply appreciated.

Here are the letters sent from Iraq:

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