All of here in the USCMA office would like to wish you a happy and peace filled Summer! This coming weekend we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
, the apostles who show us how being a missioner results from our own relationship with our Lord. No matter where they traveled, the people they encountered, or the situations they found themselves in, these great missioners continued to proclaim the Gospel and called for people to live in solidarity with one another. As members of USCMA we too continue their work through our witness to the Gospel and our calling for global solidarity. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Mission Monthly.
Calling For Justice in Africa
Leaders Must Not Grant Themselves Immunity For Crimes Against Humanity
MALABO, June 20, 2014 (CISA) -Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational, Amnesty International said. Read more here.
Children Fleeing From Violence
Children and Young Immigrants in the U.S.A.: "They Are Not Seeking Adventure, They Are Fleeing From a War."
El Paso (Agenzia Fides) - On behalf of the United States Bishops' Conference, the Bishop of El Paso (Texas), His Exc. Mgr. Mark Joseph Seitz, will bring the testimony of the Catholic Church regarding children and young unaccompanied immigrants to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington. Mgr. Seitz has announced that tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, he will show images and videos to illustrate the odyssey experienced by these children who are fleeing violence in their countries of origin. Read more here.
Calling for Peace and Calm in Kenya
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Condemn Killings, Appeals for Calm
NAIROBI, June 17, 2014 (CISA) -Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCBs) Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has condemned the Mpeketoni attacks where over 50 lives were lost on June 16-17 and has asked for calmness in handling the security situation in the country. Read more here
Trafficking and the World Cup
The Tragedy of Child Prostitution Behind the Glitz of the World Cup
San Paolo (Agenzia Fides) - The government has invested heavily in the construction and renovation of stadiums in the 12 cities which host the matches of the World Cup Brazil 2014, while a short distance from these beautiful buildings there are slums where poverty, hunger, drug trafficking and drug addiction have further unleashed the phenomenon of child prostitution, which is already widespread in the Country. The most marginalized communities in Brazil are in fact trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, violence and drugs, a sort of "factory where prostitution begins", according to what was reported by a member of the Iris Global, a project of assistance in the favelas. Read more here
To learn about the upcoming missionary campaign against human trafficking in persons, click here
Prayer and Fasting For Peace
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul: Armed Intervention Does Not Solve Problems
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - "In the villages in the Nineveh plain that accommodated part of the population fled from Mosul, the situation is worsening day by day. There has been no water and electricity for two days. Fuel is beginning to run out. And last night a part of Mosul was bombed, causing a new exodus of civilians". This is how the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Amel Shamon Nona describes to Fides Agency the progressive deterioration of the living conditions of the population after the offensive that has placed the city under the control of the militia of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Read more here
Missioner Killed During Attempted Robery
An American Missionary Who Dedicated Her Life to Orphans in South Africa has been Killed
Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) - The South African police have arrested two men suspected of killing an 82-year-old U.S. religious, Sister Mary Paule Tacke, of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood (CPS), also known as the Missionaries of Mariannhill, during an attempted street robbery and investigations are still underway. Read more here
Historic Decision in Pakistan
The Birth of the "National Council for the Rights of Minorities."
Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - There is a glimmer of hope for minorities in Pakistan with a historic decision, the Supreme Court has ordered the government to establish the "National Council for the rights of minorities", an independent state body that will act as observatory, monitoring the status of ethnic and religious minorities, and cases of violence and discrimination. The decision came via a measure by the chief judge, Tasaduq Hussain Jillani, after a proceeding initiated in the aftermath of the attack in the Christian church of Peshawar, in September 2013, where 81 Christians were killed and many seriously injured. Read more here
USCMA Staff and Contact Information
Rev. John R. Nuelle, MS, Executive Director
Mr. Stephen F. Scott, MTS, Associate Director
Miss Allison Kingery, Associate Director of Operations
Sr. Anne Louise vonHoene, MMS, Accountant
United States Catholic Mission Association
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