News - 29 January 2013


1. RESPOND TO A MINING e SURVEY BY RELIGIOUS: The impacts of mining have become compelling issues for many of our congregations. 

The members of the Integrity of Creation Working Group (ICWG) of the JPIC Commission in Rome have developed a survey on the mining industry which is available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The survey is being sent to congregations and to other organizations associated with them; however, it will not be sent to mining companies. The survey will ONLY be available on line from January 15 to February 28, 2013. 

NOTE:The link for the survey WILL be

The user name to get to the eSurveys will be: ICWG (all caps) its password will be: plusICWG2013 (case-sensitive)The purpose of the survey is to create an international network of support that strengthens the relationships between advocates and persons at the grassroots working on mining issues. 

Please help us by forwarding and alerting the important persons needed to complete this survey. For questions regarding the survey, please contact Information concerning the surveywill be postedat

2. Franciscans and immigration reform in USA: The OFM-JPIC Inter-ProvincialCommissionsent a letter to President Obama askinghim to advancecomprehensiveimmigrationreform. Theyoutlinedseveralreasonswhythiswasimportant. For a copy of the letter in English, go to,

3. The religious initiatives towards food security and human trafficking in India: To read more, go to,

4. News from the United Nations
: In March 2013 the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) will focus on the priority theme of the Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. From 5-15 of February, the UN Commission on Social Development will meet to discuss this year’s theme, the empowerment of people. Note: The UN Department of Public Information has released a new iPhone app that will highlight all the activities of the UN system around the world. The app is: The religious initiatives towards food security and human trafficking in India: To read more, go to,


SPIRITUALITY OF SOIL: A Lenten Journey from Cosmic Dust to Easter Garden – a five week program, 2013.For copies of the program in english, go to,