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Pax Christi declares No Faith in War

After months of planning, Pax Christi members gathered at St Anne’s Church in London’s Docklands and processed to the East Gate of the ExCel Centre. On the way, they prayed an adapted Stations of the Cross liturgy together, reflecting on the the violence and death of the arms trade which will be promoted at the DSEI Arms Fair next week.

They joined Anglicans, Quakers, Buddhists and many other people of faith for a wonderful time of prayer, singing and friendly solidarity. Together we managed to keep the access road closed all day and prevent trucks bringing in the weapons ready for display and sale next week. We gave a powerful witness that another world is possible in which there is peace built on justice, care for creation, respect and dignity for all. We were moved by the courageous witness of those who endured being arrested and we were joined in prayer by Pax Christi members around the country.

Bishop Declan Lang has issued a statement of support: here

There is another opportunity to bear witness: on the eve of the Arms Fair, Monday 9th Sept, we are gathering for a silent vigil outside the ExCel Centre. Details here

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/09/04/pax-christi-declares-no-faith-in-war/

Nurturing Nonviolence – Towards a culture of peace

The statement from the April Pax Christi International /Catholic Nonviolence Initiative gathering in Rome held at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development :

In this kairos moment, we strongly urge the Church to bring nonviolence from the periphery of Catholic thought on war and peace to the center – to mainstream nonviolence as a spirituality, lifestyle, a program of societal action, and a universal ethic.

As we recommit ourselves to furthering Catholic understanding and practice of active nonviolence on the road to just peace, and challenged again by stories of hope and courage in these days together, we call on the Church we love:  Full text here .  You can read more on the progress of the CNI here 

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/08/03/nurturing-nonviolence-towards-a-culture-of-peace/

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration

We remember the devastating atomic bombing in 1945 of Hiroshima on 6th August and Nagasaki on 9th August. Now there is increasing political tension in relationships between nuclear weapons-possessing states and the work of peace is even more pressing. Pax Christi members are supporting commemoration events around the country – see the relevant Events pages here and here The Pax Christi office team, volunteers and members, will be bearing witness at a stall outside Westminster Cathedral on both days. We will engage with passing members of the public on the issue of nuclear weapons and especially the Nuclear Ban Treaty. We will spend time in prayer too. Join us if you are in central London, or look for an event where you are, or gather a few people together to mark the dates yourself. Watch a short film about peace educators being changed by their visit to Hiroshima here.

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/08/02/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-commemoration/

Pax Christi at the National Justice & Peace Network Conference

Forgotten People, Forgotten Places was the theme of this year’s excellent conference. Pax Christi members  were there in good numbers and we made new friends over the weekend too. At our stall, we encouraged delegates to make a mini-banner articulating their thoughts about the arms trade. We’ll be taking the banners to the ‘No Faith in War’ Arms Fair protest day on 3rd September. Some attending the conference are already committed to attending the protest in person too. Information about 3rd September is here

A report of the conference by Ellen Teague for Independent Catholic News is  here

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/07/29/pax-christi-at-the-national-justice-peace-network-conference/

Demolition of Palestinian Homes

You may have seen in the news and on social media that a significant number of Palestinian homes were demolished in the South East of Jerusalem on Monday 22nd July, preceded by the forced removal of the families who lived there. This a  flagrant violation of international law by the Israeli government.

You will want to take some action in in solidarity with those affected, to protest about the injustice and in  support of Palestinian human rights.  Urgent action ideas and background information: here and here

We ask you to pray for those displaced and all the Palestinian, Israeli and International activists who have been physically alongside them in the last few days.

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/07/24/demolition-of-palestinian-homes/