Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Catholics call for continued work for justice

A number of Catholic organizations, including Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Catholic Climate Covenant, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network responded to the 2020 election with statements renewing the call to continue work to uphold the dignity of all people and creation. 

The leaders of three Catholic organizations working on the U.S.-Mexico border, Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director for Kino Border Initiative, Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J., executive director for Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, and Dylan Corbett, executive director for Hope Border Institute, echoed JRS/USA’s calls to protect the right to seek asylum.

You can learn more here.

Monday, November 09, 2020


The US Conference of Catholic Bishops continues its year-long effort to promote civility in public discourse through a pledge, resources, and this prayer.

Prayer to Fast from Incivility 

God of all compassion, 

You call us to love one another as you have loved us, especially when we face division in our communities. Help us to see our sisters and brothers as beloved children of God. 

Help us to fast from incivility and feast on your love for each one of us. 

Help us to fast from discord and feast on the knowledge that you have created each person in your own image. 

Help us to fast from fear of those with whom we disagree and feast on the joy community brings us. 

Help us to fast from timidity when we hear hurtful language and feast on sharing the good news of our God-given dignity. 

Help us to fast from the desire to win arguments and feast on compassion shared in understanding. 

Help us to fast from assumptions and feast on listening deeply to the stories of our community. 

Lord, our God, be with us in this time of hurt in our communities. In our fasting may we grow closer to you. In our feasting, let us find healing. 

Let us turn to you as the source of our joyfulness and our first giver of love. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 


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