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The Cost of the Hidden War: 19 Years in Afghanistan

published on: October 20, 2020

Maya Evans coordinates Creative Voices for Non-Violence in the UK. Here, she writes about the great toll — both human and monetarily — that the war in Afghanistan has taken since it was launched 19 years ago this month. “Nineteen … Continue reading

Viatorians Stand in Solidarity with Refugees

published on: October 20, 2020

Viatorians join with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in condemning the Trump administration’s proposal to accept into the U.S. fewer refugees than ever before in our country’s history. “This administration has once again turned its back on refugees around … Continue reading

Engage in the Jubilee Weekend

published on: October 16, 2020

For more than 20 years, the Washington-based Jubilee USA Network has worked to reduce debt in the world’s poorest countries, arguing that resources should go to reducing poverty and providing healthcare and education for those most in need. During its … Continue reading

Understanding the Realities of Child Sex Trafficking

published on: October 8, 2020

The spread of intentional disinformation about how child sex trafficking happens in most situations detracts from the very real, very important work of helping families to protect children and working to change the conditions in which trafficking thrives – poverty, … Continue reading

Refugee Resettlement Program Slashed

published on: October 8, 2020

Viatorians support the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) and its commitment to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Consequently, they and members of the … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Featured on Nuns on the Bus Video

published on: October 1, 2020

During one of its recent site visits, Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby noted for its Nuns on the Bus event, interviewed some Chicago area advocates for her regular bus blog: Br. Michael … Continue reading

In Solidarity with Migrants

published on: September 30, 2020

Over the weekend, Pope Francis marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in his address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square. He reaffirmed the emphasis on internally displaced persons during a time of persistent vulnerability due to COVID-19, … Continue reading

Celebrating 10 Years of Acople

published on: September 25, 2020

Since 2010, Heartland Alliance International has been implementing the ACOPLE (meaning “to connect” in Spanish) project in Colombia. ACOPLE empowers local organizations led by survivors of the Colombian armed conflict to provide health services, advocate for their human rights, and … Continue reading

Support Immigrant and Refugee Essential Workers

published on: September 23, 2020

Refugees and immigrants are currently employed in thousands of jobs that are critical to keeping our country functioning during the current pandemic. Many of the refugees and immigrants in the United States fled conflict, disaster and danger in their home … Continue reading

Latest Briefs from Bread for the World in the Fight Against Hunger

published on: September 17, 2020

One of the top priorities of the Viatorian Community is fighting hunger. Consequently, they actively support the Washington-based Bread for the World, and all of its efforts in fighting hunger in this country and abroad. In their latest issue of … Continue reading

Latest News Briefs About Colombia from Latin America Working Group

published on: September 17, 2020

The Washington-based Latin America Working Group aims to ensure that United States policies protect migrants and human rights, uphold justice, and advance environmental and economic rights — in Latin America and the Caribbean. To achieve this mission, its staff members … Continue reading

CTU Opens School Year with Contemplation on Racism

published on: September 15, 2020

Fr. Mark Francis, CSV, President of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, found the date of the opening school liturgy to be prophetic. It occurred on Sept. 9, which is the feast of St. Peter Claver, patron of the missions to … Continue reading

Prayerfully Reflecting on Racism

published on: September 14, 2020

In this time of racial reckoning, the Viatorian Community urges people to consider attending a prayer service this week aimed at confronting the sin or racism. The service takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at St. James Church in … Continue reading

A Concert to Advance the Movement for Immigrant Justice

published on: September 4, 2020

The Viatorian Community is pleased to promote the 12th annual El Pueblo Canta: A Concert to Celebrate the Movement for Immigrant Justice. The unique concert is sponsored by the Wellington Ave United Church of Christ, along with Centro Romero and the … Continue reading

World Day of Prayer for Creation

published on: September 1, 2020

                                                  Today, Sept. 1st, is the World Day of Prayer for Creation that officially kicks off … Continue reading

Voting Our Values

published on: September 1, 2020

As we prepare to vote this fall, the following are some of the basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Which candidates or party best represents these? Which of these do we consider when we vote? The list of values was … Continue reading

Debunking the Myths about Human Trafficking

published on: September 1, 2020

One of the priorities of the Viatorian Community is to fight human trafficking. Consequently, the community actively supports efforts by the Polaris Project in fighting all forms of human slavery. Since 2007, Polaris has operated the U.S. National Human Trafficking … Continue reading

The Power of Restorative Justice

published on: September 1, 2020

Viatorians join with members of the Catholic Mobilizing Network in opposing the death penalty. Their efforts are particularly heightened on Aug. 14, when Catholics celebrate the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe  who in 1941 sacrificed his life in place … Continue reading

Exposing Patterns of Abuse at a Private ICE Facility

published on: August 26, 2020

Viatorians support the work of the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, and its dedication to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Beyond advocating through policy reform, impact litigation and public education, … Continue reading

Recapping a Reflection on Racial Justice

published on: August 25, 2020

Earlier this month, members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men gathered with observers for its annual National Assembly. Under the theme, “Repentance and Reconciliation: Taking Action to Transform the World,” Sulpician Fr. Tom Ulshafer and New Orleans Auxiliary … Continue reading