World Watch Articles
News from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, a resource on issues of peace, social justice and integrity of creation, bringing Maryknoll’s mission experience into U.S. policy discussions.
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Invest in Preventing Global Violence

A bipartisan bill now before Congress sets out a strategic plan to prevent violence || Last June, the Global Peace Index, through which the international...

By Susan Gunn / Jul 1, 2019

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Pushed and Pulled, Forced to Flee

A mix of push and pull factors force people to migrate || There are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Many of them live in families...

By Susan Gunn / May 1, 2019


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Catholic Nonviolence Initiative commitment

Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to present document on nonviolence and faith || This April, the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative—a global project supported...

By Susan Gunn / Mar 1, 2019

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Will the 'new NAFTA' promote economic justice?

Maryknoll missioners urge people of faith to ask if the new trade agreement will improve life for all || From Cambodia to El Salvador, Bangladesh to Tanzania,...

By Susan Gunn / Jan 1, 2019


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A U.N. framework for migration

World leaders slated to adopt a U.N. agreement on protection of migrants as well as refugees || Leaders from more than 190 countries are scheduled to adopt...

By Susan Gunn / Nov 1, 2018

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Catholics are still in for climate accord

U.S. Catholic Bishops, Maryknoll and others add strong Catholic voice for goals of Paris Agreement || The Paris Agreement, adopted at the United Nations climate...

By Susan Gunn / Sep 1, 2018


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The case for fossil fuel divestment

Catholic institutions heeding call to get out of carbon fuels || When a group of students at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia took a class trip to the Appalachian...

By Susan Gunn / Jul 1, 2018

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Protect the Amazon and its people

While visiting indigenous people in Peru, Pope Francis said the future of the Amazon and its peoples had “never been so threatened.” || Since the financial...

By Susan Gunn / May 1, 2018


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Migrants search for peace

The pope says that to find peace, migrants and refugees “risk their lives” on long and dangerous trips || No one knew what to expect when Cardinal Jorge...

By Susan Gunn / Mar 1, 2018

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New Vigor for Nuclear Ban

Swiss NGO behind Herculean effort that led to vote on a nuclear ban treaty || More than 70 years have passed since atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese...

By Susan Gunn / Jan 1, 2018


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Targeting protected status

Trump administration considers ending protected status for 350,000 people to decrease total number of immigrants. || Presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower...

By Susan Gunn / Nov 1, 2017

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Zero Hunger Generation

The U.N.’s Zero Hunger Challenge seeks to vanish hunger from the planet || "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”...

By Susan Gunn / Sep 1, 2017


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A world free of nukes

100-plus countries push for a world free of nuclear weapons || Should we still strive for a world free of nuclear weapons in light of our current concerns...

By Susan Gunn / Jul 1, 2017

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Torture: A Moral Issue

|| Maryknoll missioners often accompany impoverished and marginalized communities in countries where the rule of law does not exist. At times, people in these...

By Susan Gunn / May 1, 2017


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Nonviolence as a style of politics

  || Every day, we hear about war, terrorism and social violence, issues that affect us and our brothers and sisters around the world. The problems can seem...

By Susan Gunn / Mar 1, 2017

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Recommitting to Gospel of Nonviolence

Pope Francis is giving “very strong recognition” to what was discussed at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held at the Vatican last spring, Cardinal...

By Susan Gunn / Jan 1, 2017


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Signs Of Hope In Aids Pandemic

In 2015 there were 36.7 million people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Over three decades, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide....

By Susan Gunn / Nov 1, 2016

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Modern Slavery at Sea


Maryknoll missioners In Cambodia and Myanmar are seeing the return of fishermen who have been rescued from slave-like working conditions on Thai fishing boats in the seas...

By Susan Gunn / Sep 1, 2016


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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

Pope Francis’ virtues of courage, compassion and commitment to the Gospel are breathing new life into the campaign for nuclear disarmament. || “There is urgent...

By Susan Gunn / Jul 1, 2016

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End Family Detention

Since the summer of 2014, when the surge in migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador began to overwhelm the U.S. Border Patrol and immigration courts, the United...

By Susan Gunn / May 1, 2016


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Fasting for Mother Earth

Almost one year ago, Pope Francis changed the world when he published Laudato Si’, his letter on the environment. || In it, he says that human activity is mostly...

By Susan Gunn / Mar 1, 2016

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Responding to Migrants

Jesus is clear about how we are to respond to newcomers in need when he says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). || Today, in dozens...

By Susan Gunn / Jan 1, 2016


RESPONDING TO THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

The World Watch column in our May/June 2014 issue opposing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast generated...

By Maryknoll Magazine / Sep 5, 2014

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Transfiguration tragedy

On Aug. 6, the Church celebrates the feast of the Transfiguration, in which, as the Gospel tells us, in the presence of three disciples, Jesus’ face shone like...

Jul 4, 2014