Global Solidarity

Global Solidarity – September 2020

September 1—World Day of Prayer for CreationTuesday, September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, marks the beginning of the 5th annual, world-wide Season of Creation. The season extends through the feast of St Francis, the patron of ecology, on October 4th.  It is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion and commitment.  In addition to celebrating the joy of creation, we are called to reflect on our own lives and how we have over-used, abused or neglected to care for creation.  In light of these reflections, we are encouraging awareness-raising [...]

Global Solidarity – September 20202020-09-01T23:05:12+00:00

Global Solidarity – August 2020

August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - 75th Anniversary At 8:16 AM, over Hiroshima on August 6 and at 10:58 AM on August 9 over Nagasaki, in 1945, the course of human history changed forever with the dropping of 2 nuclear bombs during World War II.   This year marks the 75th Anniversary of these horrific events.  The overwhelming, destructive power of these weapons of mass destruction instantly obliterated these two cities, killing over 200,000 people, mostly civilians.  Thousands more died in the following months due to burns, radiation sickness and other injuries, compounded by malnutrition and illness.  [...]

Global Solidarity – August 20202020-07-31T02:14:48+00:00

Global Solidarity – July 2020

July 11—World Population Day July 11th, World Population Day, seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population.  The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 7.1 billion in 2014.  The earth is presently able to provide enough food and water for our present global population, but equitable distribution and access continue to be a challenge.  Climate change due to human activity and armed conflicts continue to make farming and food distribution difficult.  Growing human populations also contribute to the loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation and have led to growing demands for energy.  Even clean renewable [...]

Global Solidarity – July 20202020-07-03T01:41:02+00:00

Global Solidarity – June 2020

June 5 — World Environment Day Celebrated in 100 countries, the United Nations’ (UN) World Environment Day calls all citizens of the world to raise awareness about the care of Earth.  The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “The Mighty Earth” with a focus on biodiversity.  The 2020 host country for the UN celebrations is Columbia in partnership with Germany.  Having recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of the papal encyclical Laudato Si, Catholics are now more aware than ever of our responsibility to care for our common home.  The encyclical reminds us that we are not only to “care” [...]

Global Solidarity – June 20202020-05-29T17:50:10+00:00

Global Solidarity – May 2020

May 1—International Worker's Day Also known as May Day, International Workers’ Day honors laborers and workers around the world whose daily work builds and maintains society, economic systems, and supports families and communities.  In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all become accutely aware of the dangerous conditions that so many workers face each day.  It is common around the world for workers to lose their jobs if they miss work, even when they are suffering from serious illness.  Many jobs are extremely dangerous, threatening the lives of workers and the wellbeing of their families.  Although Catholic social [...]

Global Solidarity – May 20202020-04-30T22:12:36+00:00

Global Solidarity – April 2020

April 4—International Day of Landmine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action The effort to stop the production and use of landmines as weapons of war continues to be an urgent issue around the world.  Thousands of people are maimed or killed by landmines each year, in 84 countries.  In some of these countries armed conflicts have already been resolved, and yet undetected landmines still threaten children at play, farmers attempting to replant dormant fields, women going to collect water, and other innocent victims.  Governments continue to seek out and destroy these buried weapons of war, but the process is painstakingly [...]

Global Solidarity – April 20202020-03-30T21:41:01+00:00

Global Solidarity – March 2020

March 8 — International Women's Day International Women’s Day (IWD) was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975.  The Theme for IWD 2020 is #EachforEqual—an equal world is an enabled world.  The theme aims at not only calling attention to inequalities faced by women every day, but urges each woman to stand for equality everywhere—in the Church, in the workplace, in society, in the halls of government, in the family etc.  There can be no justice without equality.  “We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of [...]

Global Solidarity – March 20202020-03-02T17:05:00+00:00

Global Solidarity – February 2020

February 6—International Dy of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation February 6th is a day to promote the UN’s campaign to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Although often thought of as a traditional practice “of the past”, the UN statistics estimate that today over 200 million girls and women are living with the horrible effects of this practice.   On February 6, 2003, Stella Obasanjo, the then First Lady of Nigeria and spokesperson for the Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation, made the official declaration on "Zero Tolerance to FGM" in Africa during a [...]

Global Solidarity – February 20202020-02-04T23:26:50+00:00

Global Solidarity – January 2020

January 1—World Day of Peace The World Day of Peace was inspired by the encyclical Pacem in Terris.  This day call us to an awareness of the links between peace, poverty and the care of creation articulated in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.  2020 marks the 53rd annual World Day of Peace.  The theme is PEACE AS A JOURNEY OF HOPE: DIALOGUE, RECONCILIATION AND ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION.   War, violence, and the ecological damage caused by climate change have all contributed to the poverty and injustice that make true peace impossible.  Restoring justice requires restoring balance in our world—respecting and protecting the [...]

Global Solidarity – January 20202019-12-23T18:42:39+00:00

Global Solidarity – December 2019

December 1—World Aids Day December 1, 2019 marks the 31st global World AIDS Day, to raise awareness about the continued epidemic affecting over 34 million people currently living with HIV worldwide. Since the disease was first recognized in 1981, over 35 million people have died from AIDS. Stigma and discrimination continue to affect those living with HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world.  Although great advances have been made in combating the virus causing AIDS, there is still no cure. This is a day to learn the facts about AIDS and to put those learnings into action.  Let us reach [...]

Global Solidarity – December 20192019-11-25T21:34:42+00:00
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