In a statement released this morning, Franciscan Action Network calls for an increased and unwavering commitment to a non-violent, humanitarian, and diplomatic response to the crisis in Syria and urge refrain from military intervention.
Canticle Campus is a joint effort within the Franciscan family, both Catholic and Protestant, to establish a central location of education and dialog. Our goal is to establish an online college where knowledge, understanding, and dialog in civility, tolerance and religious freedom (in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi) are primary. Starting this fall are two classes being offered.
The Hilton Prize - the world's largest humanitarian prize - awarded to ECPAT, the global NGO leading the fight to stop commercial sexual exploitation of children. The prize spotlights the atrocities of the child sex exploitation industry around the globe.
WASHINGTON, DC— Franciscan Action Network (FAN) applauds the bipartisan vote on the Senate immigration bill, S. 744. Although the bill is far more stringent on border security than FAN and other advocates had worked for, it retains an earned path to citizenship for several million immigrants, the DREAM Act, some favorable family provisions and protections for workers, refugees and asylum seekers. FAN commends the hard work of the bi-partisan Gang of 8 to produce a final Senate bill and thanks the 68 Senators who voted for it, especially those who took a significant risk in voting Aye.
In a recent National Catholic Reporter article about President Obama's speech about climate change, Franciscan Action Network was mentioned as supporting the President's efforts...
Some of us see the impacts of sequestration right in front of us; some of us read or listen to media stories. The Coalition on Human Needs has been covering the effects since the sequester took effect in March.
FAN Executive Director Patrick Carolan was quoted in a recent US Catholic article about President Obama's plan to address climate change. Catholics working for environmental justice welcomed it, saying it is an ambitious proposal that deserves watching to ensure that it is carried out. Patrick called for leadership on the issue, saying:
Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, recently released this statement on President Obama's climate change initiative...
On Monday June 17th, Franciscan Action Network Executive Director Patrick Carolan spoke at the United Nations about the importance of sustainable development and environmental protection. He touched on the idea that jobs and economic growth should not hinder the ability to cut carbon emissions.
Clergy and religious leaders from the Franciscans, Interfaith Worker Justice, Church World Service and the United Church of Christ led an Ash Wednesday Service just prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration to call our nation’s leaders to repentance. Franciscan friar Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, of the Franciscan Action Network was among the clergy putting ashes in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of participants and passersby. Fr. Jacek said, “It is a moral failure for 11 million of our brothers and sisters to live in the shadow of our society because of the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. This Ash Wednesday, as we sing in our churches a popular Lenten hymn: ‘We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do,’ we call upon our nation to repent, mend its ways and urgently create a clear path toward full citizenship for our immigrant brothers and sisters.”