"Whoever fights for interests builds war, whoever fights for causes builds peace" (MG)
February 08 is the 4th World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking.
On this day when the Church celebrates the memory and the life of Saint Josefina Bakhita, who suffered the drama of being trafficked for slave work, Pope Francis proposed this initiative of reflection and prayer to the victims and their families of this horrible crime.
The goal of the Compact is to identify specific policy goals and best practices to which UN Member States can commit in promoting safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration. While the document will reaffirm important principles outlined in the New York Declaration, its success will be defined by the actions Member States agree to take to address large-scale movements of migrants, ideally in a manner which upholds human rights while preserving national sovereignty.
UN Member States gathered in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from December 4 to 6, 2017 to engage in a “stocktaking” meeting to assess the information gathered from a series of thematic and regional hearings held on various migration issues during 2017. The negotiating stage of the process, in which Member Stateswill negotiate language of the Compact, will begin in February2018, when the “zero draft,” or the initial draft, of the Compactis released by the co-facilitators of the process, Mexico and Switzerland.
WASHINGTON—On December 20, 2017, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was joined by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, urging an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador.
TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily authorized immigration status that allows individuals to remain and work lawfully in the U.S. during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for nationals of that country to return home.
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Fr. Paolo Parice was awarded the Alceu Amoroso Lima Human Rights Award, which was awarded by the Cândido Mendes University and the Alceu Amoroso Lima Center for Freedom at Rio de Janeiro.
Since Fr. Paolo was not in Brazil on that date, Fr. Mauro Geremia received the award in his place. In his words of gratitude, Fr. Mauro Geremia said: "I will describe three stories at this time. This award has, first, a long history; second, a story of pain; and third, a beautiful story.