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JPR News

February 17, 2021

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

       Lenten Laudato Si' Reflections
       Quick/Easy Actions
       Latest News and Opinion

 
“Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.” 
 
"We begin this Lenten season in our now normalized cycle of suffering. More than 465,000 people in the United States have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans are unemployed. People are struggling to pay rent and feed their families. These tragedies have shaped who we are as a society, yet we are struggling to define what it means to collectively mourn as a nation and Church surrounded by so much death and systemic state violence. 

"During such turbulent times, how can we persevere in our work for justice while also remembering the power of Christ on the cross?..." 

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Olga Segura, Opinion and Culture Editor at the National Catholic Reporter and the author of "Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church."
Laudato Si' Lent: The Global Catholic Climate Movement invites us to embark upon a journey of ecological conversion through reflection, repentance, and renewal. By committing to concrete changes through fasting and lifestyle changes, we will live more in solidarity with our Earth and each other and inspire our sisters and brothers to join this conversion process.
QUICK AND EASY ACTIONS
There are several new and continuing actions you can take on behalf of migrants and refugees currently on the JPR website, "Thy Kingdom Come." Visit our "Use Your Voice" page and take just a couple of minutes to make yours heard.
Immigration News
All immigration news is now being posted on the JPR website, "Thy Kingdom Come."  Articles are updated weekly, so bookmark the page and check it regularly if you want to stay on top of rapidly-changing developments.
Other News
America: Is a better abortion debate possible?
In 2019, Caitlin Flanagan wrote an essay for The Atlantic titled, ‘The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate.’ This week we talk to Caitlin about what a more honest (and charitable) conversation might look like.
 
The Intercept: Could the “FOR THE PEOPLE ACT” Save American Democracy?
The sweeping reform package would transform American elections, but first it has to make it past the filibuster.
 
America: Bishops support Biden’s executive actions on private prisons and housing segregation
The chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees welcomed recent executive actions by President Joe Biden to address racial equity in housing and the use of private prisons by the federal government.
 
Opinion
The JPR Commission felt these opinion pieces were worthy of sharing for your consideration. As always, we welcome your comments and other points of view.

How Catholic leaders helped give rise to violence at the U.S. Capitol

A discussion with James Martin, S.J., about the influence of Catholic leaders that contributed to the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. Read the article here.
America: The same Catholics who condemn ‘relativism’ and a ‘culture of death’ have built a deadly, post-truth world
Catholics in the United States who frequently use the expressions “culture of death” and “dictatorship of relativism” increasingly inhabit—and have helped to build—a world that these slogans describe.
 
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