GSR Today - The Department of Justice announced in August it would stop using private contractors to house federal prisoners. Then the Department of Homeland Security announced it would examine its use of private contractors to hold detained immigrants. But don't think that private prisons are going away anytime soon.
The United Nations shone a spotlight on the worldwide migrant and refugee crisis this week. U.N. leaders are calling the Sept. 19 summit and connected events — including a meeting of global leaders called by President Barack Obama — historic but also necessary given the record number of people moving because of wars, political unrest, economic challenges and climate change.
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Eleven sisters make up the Migrant Project/Sicily, a program founded by the International Union Superiors General (UISG) in Rome to aid migrants in Sicily by developing one-on-one relationships with them and helping them assimilate to their new home. About half a year into their mission, the sisters , from eight countries and eight congregations, have witnessed first-hand the motivations and frustrations of people coming from Africa looking for a better life.
GSR Today - History's judgment can be harsh. So how will future generations look back on us and what we did — or, more to the point, didn't do — for the millions of refugees from Syria?
GSR Today - It's easy to be concerned about the United States' practice of detaining immigrants. It's easy to be upset about imprisoning people fleeing violence and oppression. But even for those of us who are concerned and upset, it is still easy to forget what a profound effect mass detention is having.
"'Love one another as I have loved you.' . . . the love Jesus spoke of went far beyond the law and never came attached to any condition."
Mary McCauley is a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose past ministries include administering at the BVM nursing home and directing health care ministry for an archdiocese. She served as pastoral administrator at three parishes, including St. Bridget's in Postville, a town of 2,200 people in northeast Iowa, where on May 12, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a raid at a meatpacking plant , a moment she says was "transforming."
GSR Today - Publications just love to give readers a summer reading list, but my list is, ahem, slightly different than the usual light beach reading. Here are two very long stories you'll want to sit down and spend time with. And, unlike those beach reads, these may just change your perspective.
On June 15, we gathered at the Cincinnati airport to begin a journey. Our group was comprised of 11 teachers and parish ministers from the Cincinnati archdiocese, traveling together to visit the villages from which our Guatemalan students and parishioners come.
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