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January 13, 2021

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Office
Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
"Jesus, Immigrant and Worker" (the Catholic Worker)
In this Issue:

Why should Dehonians be interested in Fratelli Tutti? John Van den Hengel, SCJ, offers his reflections in a recent issue of an international newsletter of the Dehonians. He suggests that Pope Francis sees that what is lacking in our world today is exactly what Fr. Dehon found lacking "in French society in the context of the liberalism and laissez-faire economics of his time... what he himself had experienced through the love of the Heart of Christ. In his writings, he asked what would happen if this love – which he called “pure love” – would become the internal driving force of the political and economic enterprises of his time. Fratelli Tutti is Francis' attempt to ask the same question.

Also in that issue, 
Marcelo A. Reynoso, ACJ , SCJ, writes about
"Three common points between the SCJ Constitution and the Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti," including an excellent meditation on "Reparation as Reconciliation."

Journalist and papal biographer Austen Ivereigh situates the encyclical as the third in a triptych of documents from Francis about relationships: with God, with the earth and now with one another. I invite you to read my blog post on it here.


Below I've gathered a few articles and videos from other sources that pertain especially to justice, peace and reconciliation. We also invite you to consider this study guide prepared by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Finally, a very important 1 Minute Action opportunity. We must tell the Biden administration to address the root causes of migration from Central America! Sign the petition here.
Excellent 4 Minute Video!
Pope Francis' new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, is a diagnosis of our social ills, which have been complicated by the covid-19 pandemic. Francis has said for months that we can’t go back to the way the world was before the pandemic: This is our chance to build a new society based on loving our neighbor. In Fratelli Tutti, he lays out that vision.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 18
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Immigration Update
Boston Globe: Grim stories from asylum seekers caught up in America’s cranked-up deportation machine
They fled here from some of the world’s most dangerous places — only to be forced back.

Reuters: Biden, Mexican president pledge cooperation on immigration
President-elect Biden and Mexico's president vowed to develop a humane strategy on regional migration issues, addressing root causes in Central America and southern Mexico.
 
RNS: Biden nominee holds immigration meeting with religious groups
President-elect Biden's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security held a meeting on immigration with an array of religious groups, who it was a shift from the Trump administration's combative approach.

Mother Jones: See opportunity, not crisis in migrant surge, says report
The author says the United States should end 30 years of deterrence policies in favor of welcoming ones.

 
Other News
The Conversation: 2020 was a terrible year for climate disasters, but there are reasons for hope in 2021
While climate change is certain, some uncertainty remains in its severity — and that's where the hope shines through.
 
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