The Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office of the North American Province (NAP) was founded in 1993 in the Spirit of Founder St. Daniel Comboni who passionately trumpeted causes for justice throughout his life. Today, the working principles of the office are outlined in our Guidelines, infused in our yearly Action Plan, and aligned with Catholic Social Teaching. The modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents.
As a working department of the North American Province, the JPIC Office seeks a closer collaboration with Comboni provinces around the world, and especially with the Americas, our “partners in the hemisphere.”
One of our main goals is to increase our participation at the United Nations through our memberships with VIVAT International and AFJN which give us a point of access. We support and work closely with these partners, Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) in Washington, D.C., Africa Europe Faith & Justice Network (AEFJN) in Brussels, and VIVAT International in New York City, and with NGOs based in Washington, D.C.
The Risks of Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement.The Paris Climate Agreement, signed last April, 2016, was groundbreaking in that it committed 195 nations in the quest to curb greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Unfortunately, the United States is now deciding whether to remain a part of this agreement, and it doesn’t look good. Withdrawing from the Agreement, besides impacting the future for the environment in serious ways, could harm relations with other countries and discourage other nations from keeping their commitments. At press time, President Trump’s rationale for pulling out is that it is too expensive and it is a political decision. Click here, and here.
Take Action! Tell the Administration and your member of Congress to stay committed to the Paris Agreement to help protect God’s creation, ease the suffering of the poor and vulnerable and protect our world from the dangers of climate change. Take action, here.