CCAO Updates

Pope Francis will address Congress

Columban Friends, Dawn  breaks darkness,  pink purple yellow orange sky,  clouds swirl. Hope breaks dispair with song,  laughter, prayer, and prophecy. We stand here today in the heart of world political power,  carrying the world’s heart of song and clamor …

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Safe in Chile

HONG KONG, September 21, 2015. Columban missionaries in Chile are safe in face of recent earthquake and tsunami. The General Council wishes to express its prayers and solidarity for the Chilean people and Columban missionaries working in Chile in the …

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Mining Industry: Transparency is the Key to Protecting the Poor and Vulnerable

“The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone. If we make something our own, it is only to administer it for the good of all. If we do not, we burden …

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Found in Translation: Building Interfaith Bridges through Climate Action

“In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.” – Pope Francis, in “Laudato Si’, Care for Our Common Home,” paragraph 3. What an invitation! We all have been grappling with how …

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation: The Way of Peace

August 6 and 9, 2015 mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On those two days, more than 150,000 Japanese civilians perished from the face of the earth. Now, seventy years later, we have much …

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Recognizing Human Trafficking in Our Midst

Human trafficking is a multidimensional and complex reality, usually taking the form of forced labor and forced sex. This crime is happening throughout the world, weaving into communities internationally and domestically, preying on the poor and the marginalized. Women, children, and migrant …

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Our Response to the Crisis of Climate Change Must Be Prophetic!

Since the release in June of Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, people of all faith traditions and people of good will throughout the world have been captivated by the breadth and …

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Hope and Light for Mothers and Children in Detention

Columbans who assisted undocumented mothers and children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last summer are celebrating the first step toward the end of family detention. This inhumane practice is not only against the teachings of our faith to welcome the …

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The Power of Advocacy

Advocacy work, like most professions, is less glamorous than people imagine. Not to say it isn’t rewarding, life-changing, and deeply impactful. It is an experience that stays with you. My first experience with advocacy work was joining a delegation of …

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Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Suffering

I encountered the compelling mystery of human suffering while playing a game of soccer with undocumented young adults and children who had recently migrated to El Paso, Texas. Through the celebration of goals, the coordination of blocked shots, and their …

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