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.
Migration and Immigration at their Tipping Points: It’s Time to Pass the “Dream Act.” Today, more than 65 million people are forcibly displaced around the world, and more than 22 million are refugees. These historically high levels include 600,000 Rohingya from Myanmar who are fleeing, or have already fled, to Bangladesh. They are the latest mass movement of refugees needing help. National Migration Week, in January, sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Church, is an opportunity to increase your knowledge about migration and immigration. Review the ideas in the National Migration Week toolkit, here.