Economic Justice

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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The Way of Peace: End Poverty Everywhere

‘The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love for humankind, hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might.’ In this context we can understand Jesus’ command to his disciples: ‘You …

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Caring for God’s Creation, Caring for the Poor

“We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home …

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Care for the Poor and Creation in the Amazon River Basin

In March, Columban Fr. Peter Hughes and fellow members of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), the Canadian Bishops Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission about human rights and environmental violations …

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Reflection on Economic Justice Internship

For years I have studied issues of social justice in a theoretical framework, but this semester I had the pleasure of interning for the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, where I grappled with real-world challenges and methods that lead …

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A Revolution of Tenderness

During my internship, I joined Columbans and members of other Catholic organizations at meetings of the Faith, Economy, Ecology Transformation working group. There I learned about Catholic social teaching as it applies to the care of the environment and the …

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Act Now to Transform Free Trade into Fair Trade

On April 16th, members of the Senate re-introduced a bill that would grant Trade Promotion Authority, commonly known as “fast track” authority to the Obama administration for approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. You have heard from us …

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Human Trafficking in the Philippines

This week in Washington, D.C., we welcome two visitors from the Philippines: Columban Fr. Shay Cullen and co-worker and human trafficking survivor Marlyn Capio-Richter. They are coming to raise the call to end human trafficking, the world’s modern-day slavery. Human …

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Jubilee for Ebola-Impacted Nations: Is the Philippines Next?

Proclaim Jubilee! Leviticus 25 describes the biblical Jubilee as a “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” requiring the land lie fallow, all debts be forgiven, captives be freed, and a celebration held, once every 50 years. We are celebrating a major announcement by …

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Protecting Participation and Human Dignity in Trade Agreements

On February 17, we and our partners in the InterFaith Working Group on Trade and Investment sent a letter to all members of Congress imploring them to oppose “fast track” authority for the President to negotiate the biggest trade deal …

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