National Catholic Social Justice Conference to Host Record Crowd in Wake of Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In what is estimated to be the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year, more than 1,200 individuals will go to Capitol Hill on Monday, November 9 to urge members of Congress to address the moral issues raised by Pope Francis during his recent visit to the U.S., including climate change and immigration.

The day of advocacy is part of the 18th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) on November 7-9 in Washington, D.C., a national social justice gathering of 1,600 people, predominately students and young adults, affiliated with U.S. Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church. The Teach-In comes on the heels of Francis’s September visit to the U.S., during which he addressed U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA: Urge Your Senators to Raise the Minimum Wage

 

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No Worker Should Live in Poverty

This week, the Senate will vote on increasing in the minimum wage.  Consider taking action today, as your Senators needs to hear from you that no working person should earn a poverty-wage.  In their pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has clarified that a wage “should guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural, and spiritual level.”

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven

A student gazes at her teacher Wednesday morning in an early childhood education class, part of the Jesuit Refugee Service ‘Safe Haven’ at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. About 120,000 refugees from a dozen countries live in the sprawling camp in northern Kenya. Learn more about the JRS Safe Haven on our website: http://bit.ly/ZrGfkd

(photo by Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

U.S. set to honor Jesuits killed in El Salvador

On Wednesday, the House will debate and approve (on the suspension calendar) H. Res. 761, remembering and commemorating the lives and work of the six Jesuit Fathers and two women on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their deaths at the UCA in San Salvador on November 16, 1989. The United States House of Representatives is set to pass House Resolution 761

Remembering and commemorating the lives and work of Jesuit Fathers Ignacio Ellacuria, Ignacio Martin-Baro, Segundo Montes, Amando Lopez, Juan Ramon Moreno, Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, and housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter Celina Mariset Ramos on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their deaths at the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas located in San Salvador, El Salvador on November 16, 1989.

Video: Peace, Justice and Reconciliation

Father Elias Lopez-Perez, S.J., the Assistant International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, discusses the major role forgiveness and reconciliation play in the peace process, and how they are all inter-related.

Reconciliation and Peace from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA on Vimeo.