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Virginia Government & Community Relations

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Join us for a discussion with Virginia's Gubernatorial candidates before the June primary.


Social Teaching Spotlights:

    
Pope Francis has said:  The Light of Faith: this is how the Church's tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus.  In St. John's Gospel, Christ says of Himself:  'I have come as Light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness' (John 12:46)."  [Pope Francis Encyclical Letter, Lumen Fedei]

** Pope Francis released his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 15, 2017. He wrote, "Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions. Not only does this concern those looking for dignified work or better living conditions, but also men and women, the elderly and children, who are forced to leave their homes in the hope of finding safety, peace and security." To read Pope Francis's full message, click here.

** Advocate for Justice in your Local District! Raise your voice with your elected leaders for the common good, and urge federal lawmakers to fight to welcome immigrant and refugee families and keep them safe in our communities and parishes. Click here to view five ways to make your voice heard.

The above links can also be found on our website

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Location: Go to web site -- https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/summit/

Date: March 26-28, 2017

Time: Go to web site -- https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/summit/

Register: https://savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/summit/

Sponsor: Mark K. Shriver, President Save the Children Action Network


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MARK SHRIVER, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

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New Book on Pope Francis by Mark Shriver

Message from Mark Shriver, New York Times bestselling author. As you will recall, Mark was the keynote speaker at SALT'S Fall Advocacy Conference. Mark now has a new book on Pope Francis and has scheduled several book-signing events in our area.  Please see the schedule below. Hope you will be able to attend one of events.

Dear Friends:

On Sunday, Jeanne, Tommy, Emma and I attended the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual White Mass, celebrating the gifts of people with special needs. During his homily, my friend Father John Enzler quoted Pope Francis, who was asked earlier this year what advice he’d give to a priest who was not willing to accept people with developmental or physical differences. The Pope’s response could not have been more clear: “Close the door of the church, please! Either everyone or no one.”

At a time when our country is deeply divided, that line struck a chord with me: Either everyone or no one.

We are facing some serious challenges and I wish I could say I had all the solutions. But I do know that the only way to bring about lasting change is by being inclusive.

Addressing a group of trash collectors, migrant farmers, slum dwellers and others, Pope Francis said, “Grassroots movements express the urgent need to revitalize our democracies . . . it is impossible to imagine a future for society without the active participation of great majorities as protagonists.” And all of this, he said, must be done “with a constructive spirit, without resentment, with love.”

Over the last two and a half years, I have been working on a book called Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis. In that time, I have learned a lot about what the “least among us” can achieve by working together. I have reflected quite a bit on that and on the Pope’s words since Election Day, and they have reenergized me and given me hope.

Here at Save the Children Action Network, we are committed to continuing to fight to give all children around the world a strong start in life. Frankly, I believe this is the most pressing social justice issue of our time, and I am thankful that we have you and nearly 200,000 other people on our side.
Will change come quickly or be easy? No. But to paraphrase the Pope, it’s impossible to imagine how we will get there without the active participation of protagonists like you.

This Thanksgiving, I am more grateful than ever to live in a democracy, and to be a part of a grassroots movement with so many people who share our commitment to a world in which every child has the opportunity for a bright future. And I am hopeful that we will achieve that vision. As Margaret Mead so wisely put it, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Best wishes for a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving, filled with family and friends and lots of love and laughter.

Warmly,
Mark


Mark Your Calendar

 
SALT FALL CONFERENCE
 
October 15, 2016 at 9:00 – 11:30 am
Virginia International University (VIU)
4401 Village Drive, Conference Room (VD-102), Fairfax, Virginia.
 
Keynote Speaker: Mark Shriver


 Open the Door to Mercy
 Tell Our Bishops: Say NO to War


BishopOn December 8, 2015, Pope Francis launched this current Holy Year of Mercy by opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica. On November 20, the Feast of Christ the King, he will close the door, marking the end of this Holy Year.

Call or write your bishop now. Ask that, at their Fall General Assembly, November 14-17, the U.S. Bishops have mercy on our common home, the Earth, threatened with nuclear annihilation; the world’s poor, in desperate need of the trillions we squander on armaments; and the children and adults who live in dread of our bombs and drones. Ask them to:

  • insist that the U.S. and other nuclear-armed countries act to eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as legally required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty and as urged by the Holy See and a majority of the world’s non-nuclear-armed countries; and

  • embrace a Just Peace paradigm, as urged by the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference in Rome last April. Gospel nonviolence inspires Just Peace strategies that heal conflict and prevent war, while “just war” thinking traps us in endless cycles of violence.

    Please visit Sign On Now: Tell Our Bishops to Preach Peace

    For more information, including a link to the Rome conference’s “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence,” please visit www.PaxChristiMetroDC.org.


“The ultimate and most deeply worthy goal of human beings and of the human community is the abolition of war." -- Pope Francis, April 2016 message to the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference