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Celebrating Blessed Oscar Romero: Bishop and Martyr

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A tribute to Blessed Oscar Romero and Fr. Peter Gyves from a parishioner

Almost two years after leaving San Diego, the impact of A Faith That Does Justice upon the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church remains a powerful one. The commemoration of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero this past month brought several families to give thanks for an awakening that has led them to live faith more deeply and in action on behalf of the most most vulnerable among us.

We are grateful for their witness and inspired by their continued dedication to humble service on behalf of those in need.

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NCR Op-Ed: Standing with the least among us

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Activists and DACA recipients are seen in New York City Feb. 15. The group is walking 250 miles to Washington to demand Congress pass a "clean" bill with no conditions to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, such as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act. (CNS/ Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Immigration hovers over the Trump administration like an ever-present cloud. President Donald Trump predicated much of his presidential campaign on fear, and its focus was often the immigration of people from poorer countries into the United States.

Last month, he allowed the government to be shut down over issues surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and funding for his divisive border wall. Moreover, he described people from poorer countries who come to the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their families in terms that were vulgar and crass. His comments took place at a meeting to discuss immigration policy and ways in which individuals who are currently protected by DACA and temporary protected status could remain in the U.S.

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RNS Op-Ed: January was tough on the poor. So was tax reform.

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Blighted and abandoned row homes in Philadelphia on Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke; caption amended by RNS)

(RNS) — As both a pediatrician and a Jesuit priest, I can see the impact that poverty has on those without resources, especially during the coldest time of year.

During the past month, we have seen how those living in poverty are most vulnerable because of homelessness, inadequately heated homes and the increased prevalence of infectious diseases in their communities.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has named January as Poverty Awareness Month for good reason.

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Maligning Poorer Countries

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Dear Friends of A Faith That Does Justice,

As you are likely aware, it was reported Thursday – and confirmed Friday by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin – that President Trump used a vulgar and crass term to describe poorer countries whose citizens desire to come to the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their children.  These comments took place at a meeting to discuss immigration policy, and ways in which individuals who are currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) could remain in the US.

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Malignificando a los Países Más Pobres

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Queridos amigos de Una Fe Que Hace Justicia,

Como probablemente sabe, el jueves (y confirmado el viernes por el senador estadounidense Dick Durbin) el presidente Trump usó un término vulgar e inadmisible para describir a los países más pobres cuyos ciudadanos desean venir a los Estados Unidos en busca de una mejor vida para ellos y sus niños. Estos comentarios tuvieron lugar en una reunión donde se analizó la política de inmigración y las formas en que las personas que actualmente están protegidas bajo la Acción Diferida para la Infancia (DACA) y el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS) podrían permanecer en los Estados Unidos.

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A Faith That Does Justice Holds Community Meeting on Ending Homelessness

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Rosanne Haggerty, Fr. Peter Gyves, Becca Fritz, and Fr. J. Bryan Hehir at AFTDJ's Community Meeting on Ending Homelessness

What are the three actions that communities can take to end homelessness?  A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) sought an answer to this question at its second Boston Community Meeting on December 19th. According to Rosanne Haggerty, president and CEO of Community Solutions in New York City, communities must know homeless individuals by name and know their specific circumstances.

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A Faith That Does Justice Celebrates Its Volunteers

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Back row: Ann Sheehan; Carl Iovanni; Emily Lopez; Caitlin Studdard; Peter Gyves, SJ, MD; Adam Studdard; Bill Sheehan Front Row: Nancy Gamboa; Aurora Viasus; Luz Mila Mariluz; Cesar Lopez; Sonia Salcedo; Jenny Cruz; Roger Cruz

On the evening of November 29th, Peter Gyves, SJ, MD, founder and director of A Faith That Does Justice(AFTDJ), gathered with volunteers to celebrate their work over the past year.  2017 has been a year of growth for A Faith That Does Justice.   Fr. Gyves has brought his passion for social justice issues to Boston and surrounding communities.  People of different cultures and faith traditions have come together to support Fr. Gyves and the mission of A Faith That Does Justice.

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Rosanne Haggerty to Highlight What Successful Communities Do Differently to End Homelessness at A Faith That Does Justice Meeting

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Ms. Rosanne Haggerty

Successful communities are effectively ending homelessness by changing the way they work. Learning from the fields of public health and engineering, they are using detailed data, quality improvement techniques and approaches to teamwork and accountability to create community housing systems, said Ms. Rosanne Haggerty, president and CEO of Community Solutions. based in New York City.  Haggerty will join Fr. Bryan Hehir on December 19th for at a Community Meeting sponsored by A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) called “Ending Homelessness: What Successful Communities Do Differently.”  Those interested in attending this meeting at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul on Tremont Street in Boston can do so by registering at the organization’s website.

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October 2017 Community Meeting

What is the best way to bring together individuals who live in the same region, but whose lives seem worlds apart?  What can those who have means and influence do to help marginalized populations in their own neighborhoods?  How can people of faith and/or good will assist immigrant communities living in anxiety because of the current political climate?  These were the fundamental questions that nonprofit, A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ), addressed at its Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 10th.

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National Catholic Reporter publishes AFTDJ event

Story by Dan Morris-Young of the National Catholic Reporter.

An interfaith social justice advocacy program that had broadening success in San Diego has been re-tooled and re-established in Boston where its first major speaker of the 2017-18 academic year will be El Salvador's ambassador to the United Nations, Rubén Zamora.

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