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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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Resources/Actions (April 20)

April 20, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Care of Creation

Care of Earth


From Pope Francis in Laudato Sí:

“The universe as a whole, in all its manifold relationships, shows forth the inexhaustible riches of God.” (no. 86)

“Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” (no. 93)

“Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with others, with God and with the earth. When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land, the Bible tells us that life itself is endangered.” (no. 70)

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Caring for God's creation means caring for ourselves and every other human being on the planet.  As of yesterdayMonday, April 19, every person 16 years and older in the United States is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. And 90 percent of adults across the country will live within 5 miles of a COVID-19 vaccination site. Get vaccinated and encourage others to get vaccinated for the benefit of all.

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ACTION: 
  • Read this great article! It has three great suggestions. Click Here.
     
  • Get Political! "Politics" is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals. It is our right and duty to use our collective power in electing and influencing people in public office for the common good. We owe it to our planet to contact our legislators with phone calls, letters, petitions, and in person visits to advocate for bold and effective climate protection legislation. 
  • The Condor and the Eagle: You are invited to celebrate Earth Week with Catholic Climate Covenant as it hosts a special film screening followed by a panel discussion of The Condor and the Eagle, a film highlighting how indigenous peoples and communities of color are protecting their peoples, and the air, land, waters, and beings upon which they depend and hold sacred, from profound threats.  Register for the film screening HERE

Capital Punishment

  • Ramiro Felix Gonzales was scheduled to be executed, today at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. His execution has been rescheduled to November 17, 2021. Ramiro has spent the last 14 years on Texas' death row.
  • One execution is scheduled for each of the months of May and June. The number is growing fewer but even one is too many.
  • On April 13 the Nevada Assembly voted to repeal the death penalty. The bill now goes to the Nevada Senate before reaching the Governor's desk, who did not commit to signing but stated he was open to receiving the legislation.

Discussions on Fratelli Tutti

From Franciscan Action Network:

As a way to enrich our understanding and reflection on the encyclical, we will host four discussions on Fratelli Tutti in conjunction with specific topics. These discussions will be:

  • Fratelli Tutti on Culture and Society, with Kim Daniels & Heidi Schlumpf on May 5
  • Fratelli Tutti on Racism and Anti-Racism, with Olga Segura & Ralph McCloud on May 19
  • Fratelli Tutti on Economics, with Anthony Annett & Meghan Clark on May 26
  • Fratelli Tutti on Governance and Politics, with Amy Uelmann & David Cloutier on June 16

Each webinar will begin at 6:00pm CT and last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The webinars will largely be discussion-based and attendees will be encouraged to submit questions for the panelists. We hope you will join us. Please click here to register for these rich discussions with some of America’s foremost experts on the importance of this incredible encyclical from Pope Francis.

 

Ending Human Trafficking

Resources from Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, Office Migrants and Modern Slavery:

  • Webinar Recording: The Role of Demand in Relation to Sex Trafficking and Prostitution  Register to watch the recording HERE.
  • For future webinars on the root causes of trafficking Register on the webpage.

 

Immigration  

Call your members of Congress in support of refugee resettlement, the full restoration of the asylum system, and for the recognition and protection of stateless people living in the U.S. Click here for a sample script and tool to send an email or call your Members of Congress.

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On Thursday, April 15, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted a Public Dialogue on Immigration Challenges and Choices: People, Principles, and Policies.  If you would like to view the webinar, click here

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