Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to Black History.
This holiday is meant for us to remember. To remember his stance on justice & peace. His message is relevant today!
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that has become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.”
– Pope Francis
December is designated at the time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. During this month, we stand together for equality, justice, and the dignity of all human persons.
November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. With the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native people, this month acknowledges the contributions that continue to be made by Native peoples. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves on the oppression of native tribes and the systematic plundering of their lands and culture since the first settlers arrived on the continent. Please consult the resources for more information:
Many of us breathed a sigh of relief when the last election ended. We have come through long months wishing, as our bishops have written, “In public life, it is important to practice the virtues of charity and justice that are at the core of our Tradition.”
For Catholic political responsibility, advocacy is one invaluable instrument in our hands. “Advocacy offers us an opportunity to bring the realities of our sisters and brothers facing injustice throughout the world to those who hold positions of power in our government.”
The mission of JSRI reflects the intention of the founders that the institute would “apply Catholic social teaching to the concrete realities of these regions…” Rooted in the Scriptures and the teaching of the Catholic Church, Catholic Social Teaching represents a developing tradition which includes organic and systematic reflection on social realities, ethical principles, and application of those principles to current circumstances. The foundation and primary object are the dignity of the human person with its inalienable rights, which form the nucleus of the truth about the human person.
Catholic discussion of health care begins with the Catholic teaching that health care is a basic human right. As the U.S. Bishops recently explained, “The first right of the human person, the right to life, entails a right to the means for the proper development of life, such as adequate health care.” The key enunciation of this right was made in 1963 when Blessed Pope John XXIII articulated human rights that are “universal and inviolable, and therefore altogether inalienable.” This right is contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The U.S.
In 1991, Rodney King asked, "Why can't we all just get along?" Since then we have seen multiple police shootings of black adults and children, the brutal racist murders of nine churchgoers in Charleston, Neo-nazi marchers in Charlottesville, and much, much more to remind us how deeply racism stains our society. "It is a wound in humanity's side that mysteriously remains open."