“Right now, the greatest need in the Church is to return to Jesus and his nonviolence”, insist storied peace activist Father John Dear
“I am willing to suffer for the common good and for our sin of not loving our brothers and sisters, a condition that leads to war”, declares Martha Hennessy, 65, at sentencing for break-in at naval base
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Father Stephen M. Kelly describes himself as a preacher against “the sin that flourishes in weapons of mass destruction”
“When I do an action regarding nuclear weapons, it relates to poverty, to contamination, to climate disaster, to all of it”, declared the nun, who was arrested multiple times and spent years in prison for her protests
Pax Christi International has welcomed the Pope’s condemnation of war in his new encyclical Fratelli tutti, observing that the document’s reflection on how the ‘just war’ tradition fails in the face of modern warfare “goes further than any papal encyclical in history”.
Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany, white supremacists marching in the U.S. and elsewhere have in recent years displayed crosses embellished with the Latin phrase “Deus Vult” – “God wills it.”
Pax Christi and other Catholic organisations have joined a total of 170 peacebuilding groups from around the world in urging governments on World Peace Day this September 21 that “if we are to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we must recommit to peace today”.
Pax Christi is urging a “seamless garment’ approach to the US presidential vote and a focus on issues as “equally sacred” for Catholics as the opposition to abortion.
A delegation of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development represented Prefect Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson at a webinar entitled “Post-COVID Multilateral Cooperation: A Nuclear Weapons Free World?”.
“Why do those who are different from us frighten us so much?”, Pope Francis has deplored in a preface to a new book on peace.
Following worrying developments in Belarus, Msgr. Marc Stenger (Co-President of Pax Christi International) has sent a letter to Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, expressing deep concern over escalating tensions in the country.
To prevent war, we must fight injustice and poverty, care for the environment and watch our language, a German bishop has said.
“It is impossible to make a moral case for continued nuclear weapon testing”, the Holy See has pleaded at the United Nations.
At the Angelus today, Pope Francis sounded the alarm on the coronavirus economic crisis, imploring that summer holidays in the northern hemisphere “should not allow us to forget the problems there are due to Covid: many families do not have work, have lost work, and have nothing to eat”.
“The development of atomic energy for war and the possession of atomic weapons is immoral and incompatible with our faith in Christ the Prince of Peace,” Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin warned August 9 in a message for the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.
“The presence of even one nuclear weapon violates the core principles of our different faith traditions and threatens the unimaginable destruction of everything we hold dear”, a joint interfaith statement on the occasion of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary has warned.
On the 75th anniversary this week of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Columban Missionaries have denounced that the money “squandered” on nuclear weapons means people are “denied the essentials of life”.
In this time of crisis, it is clear that nonviolence is a crucial pillar in the foundation of the more just and sustainable post-pandemic world to which Laudato Si’ leads us.
Catholic peace movement Pax Christi International has slammed “sins of white supremacy and systemic violence” in the US and around the world it says have been exposed both by COVID-19 and by the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
The civil unrest seen across the United States following the killing of George Floyd brings to the fore the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous observation that “a riot is the language of the unheard.”
Demonstrators have come out in large numbers across the United States to protest against the death of African-American man George Floyd in police custody.
George Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” is an expression of the “cry of the poor”, Vatican cardinal Peter Turkson has denounced.
Pax Christi has urged the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the “the two hands of nonviolence” and say “‘no’ to the false security of weapons and ‘Yes’ to human dignity”.
Vatican cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has backed the call for an immediate coronavirus ceasefire around the world, saying that the idea of a truce, advanced by the UN Secretary General and by Pope Francis, among others, reminds us that “we must be protecting each other, not killing each other”.