Press Releases

Clergy Distribute Ashes and Call for Repentance for Broken Immigration System

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.”

Franciscan Action Network Encouraged by New Immigration Bill

Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a collective Franciscan voice on U.S. public policy, thanks the bi-partisan group of Senators who labored for several months on a new immigration bill titled “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” The bill offers hope that Congress can reach an agreement that respects the dignity of all immigrants in our country.

Catholics Join Largest Climate Rally in US History

Thousands of US Catholics spent the First Sunday of Lent at a Climate rally in Washington DC calling for more action on human-induced climate change and standing up for clean energy. People from faith-based and environmental groups joined climate scientists at the ‘Forward on Climate’ rally. With around 50,000 participants from more than 30 states it was billed as the largest climate rally gathering in US history.

Franciscans Call for President Obama and Governor Romney to Give Plans on Climate Change

The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), an organization of Franciscan sisters, friars and lay Franciscans, renews its call for President Obama and Governor Romney to lay out concrete plans to address climate change. The faith group voiced appreciation for President Obama’s statements on climate change at the Democratic convention, but called for more from both him and Governor Romney. In his acceptance speech, President Obama stated: “Climate change is not a joke. It is not a hoax. More droughts, and floods, and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children's future, and in this election you can do something about it.” Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF, Director of Advocacy at FAN, said: “It is a good start for President Obama to voice concern about climate change. But he must now show more leadership in specifying a plan to address climate change, while Governor Romney must begin by naming climate change as a critical issue.”