Justice & Peace
Eight hundred years ago St. Francis of Assisi profoundly changed the world with his message of peace, his concern for the poor and his love for all creation. Today we work to bring about justice and peace, to end violence and war, poverty and oppression, and the destruction of our planet. We hope you will join us on our journey.
A Saint’s vision for today
Francis of Assisi, our founder, showed us that in order to follow Jesus and live the Gospel we must respect and care for creation, advocate for human rights, care for the poor and marginalized and be peacemakers. It is these values that motivate each and every friar to maintain a reverent attitude towards nature in such a way that they may restore it completely to its condition of brother and to its role of usefulness to all [humankind] for the glory of God the Creator. As true followers of Francis, they are to place themselves in solidarity on the side of the weak and poor and to live in this world as messengers and agents of peace and to be gentle, peaceful, unassuming, courteous and humble in their dealings with others.
Don’t just sit there stewing about an injustice. Do something! Send an e-mail, make a phone call or write a letter to your elected officials. Here’s how.
Walking the Walk
Friar Jim Bok has spent 12 years feeding the hungry and getting kids to school in Jamaica.
Wisdom of Pope Francis
Ten Franciscans have produced a study guide to Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti, on social friendship and care of our common home.
Friars use Fratelli Tutti as a stimulus for reflection.
Care for Creation
Start them young: Here are 10 ways parents can teach kids to care about Earth Day.
“We are asked to love.”
Join Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, in prayer for the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
Issues and events around the world
In The News
A 20-year-old climate activist has spent 589 days (and counting) picking up litter in a southern California park. Interviewed by National Public Radio March 8, Edgar McGregor said he worked through the pandemic and extreme weather in Eaton Canyon, posting his progress and sharing photos on social media. He urges others to do their part. Follow Edgar and his exploits at: https://twitter.com/edgarrmcgregor
Around $1 billion is needed to help poor countries access coronavirus vaccines, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund said March 10 at a virtual event organized by Dubai’s World Government Summit. UNICEF, the world’s largest vaccine buyer, is asking countries with more means to help fund its COVAX program to supply shots to emerging economies. Reuters says UNICEF will deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine this year.
Research suggests that if everyone shifted to a plant-based diet, we would reduce global land use for agriculture by 75%, according to Franciscans for Justice. Much less land would be needed for grazing and growing crops. Overall, cutting out beef and dairy products would have a much larger impact than eliminating chicken or fish. Half of the world’s habitable land is used for agriculture, most of it used to raise livestock for dairy and meat.
CONSIDER A FUTURE
WITH THE FRIARS
Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and our men in formation.
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