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St. John’s University Poverty Conference
His Holiness Pope Francis’s deep concern for the global ecological crisis and its impact on the poor was the topic of the Ninth Biennial Vincentian Chair of Social Justice Conference, held on January 30 at the Queens, NY, campus. The Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s hosted the daylong event, entitled “Care for Our Common Home: The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor.” Approximately 240 participants, including several Sisters of St. Joseph, attended the conference.
The gathering, known as “the poverty conference,” brought together theologians, economists, scientists, and other experts whose charge was to develop specific action plans in response to the encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home—the Pope’s document on combating the ecological crisis. Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D. ’01HON, Professor of Systematics/Ethics at Marquette University, received a standing ovation for his keynote address, entitled “The Evidence of Things Unsaid: The Silence About Racism in the Care for Creation.” In his 40-minute talk, he framed the issue of environmental racism through the lens of the yearlong water contamination situation in Flint, MI. Click on the video link below to view the keynote presentation.
Pope Francis Calls for Abolition of the Death Penalty in Address to Congress
In a historic address before a joint session of the United States Congress, Pope Francis called for the abolition of the death penalty. Linking to the broader theme of protecting human life and dignity, he said, “This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.”
Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to build a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence and injustice.
Campaign Nonviolence invites us to:
•Practice nonviolence toward ourselves, toward all others, and toward a world longing for peace, economic justice, environmental healing, and effective nonviolent solutions
•Explore, study, and unleash the principles and methods of nonviolence in our lives, our communities, and our societies
•Connect the dots and join forces in the long-term struggle to abolish war, end poverty, reverse the climate crisis, and take a stand against all violence, including the structural violence of racism, sexism, homophobia, economic inequality, and all forms of oppression, and
•Discover and deepen the power of nonviolence, including the vision and tools for nonviolent change that Mohandas Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other people and movements have activated for social and personal transformation.
Campaign Nonviolence launched this long-term movement September 21-27, 2014 with 239 actions and events in every part of the nation.
CNV marches, rallies, vigils, prayer services, fasts and festivals took place over seven days in September from American Samoa to Maine, from Washington State to Florida, and from California to New Hampshire. Events also took place in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Canada. See this update for stories and pictures from this week of nonviolence.
To develop this week of actions, Campaign Nonviolence organized in every state in the country, led skill-building trainings across the nation, completed a national speaking tour, established nonviolence study groups nationwide, and was endorsed by over 185 national and local organizations.
Now, we are taking the next step. We encourage people everywhere to study nonviolence, practice nonviolence, build out the infrastructure of nonviolence, and take nonviolence public — including taking action again this year during Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action II, September 20-27, 2015
To take action, reduce your carbon footprint, and care for God’s Creation and poor people click on the link below.
Click on the link to watch a video, Immigration–Uniting a World of Difference, explaining the problems of our present immigration system and the need for reform: Immigration Video
Read more information: Get the Facts on Immigration
Empowerment of Women: Micro Financing
Investigate the possibility of empowering women in developing countries through micro financing. (Recommendation–CSJ Chapter 2011)
Microfinance is a general term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services. Microfinance programs have generally targeted poor women. Many qualitative and quantitative studies have documented how access to financial services has improved the status of women within the family and the community. Women have become more assertive and confident. In regions where women’s mobility is strictly regulated, women have become more visible and are better able to negotiate the public sphere. Women own assets, including land and housing, and play a stronger role in decision making. In some programs that have been active over many years, there are even reports of declining levels of violence against women.
Please join the Sisters of St. Joseph in a commitment to empower women through access to financial services. The CSJs have partially funded the loan requests for eight women in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, and the Philippines. For more information visit KIVA or start a KIVA Free Trial.