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First World War & Remembrance

Over the coming  years Pax Christi  will be preparing events and creating resources to ensure that the 2014-2018 commemorations reflect the need for repentance and  change  and lead to a commitment to peacemaking.  Here we offer information on  events, articles and talks, general resources, films and visuals, and resources for services and vigils  Also see resources for schools and young people

Resources for Remembrance

Honour the Dead

  • Approaches to Remembrance and First World War commemorations: ideas to help you plan from Pax Christi
  • Two Poems on Remembrance- from Fr Rob Esdaile
    • Way of the Cross based on reflections of First World War Conscientious Objectors.  Compiled by Valerie Flessati with prayers from Fr Derek Reeve.(March 2016)
  • Record of Catholic COs, taken from data-base created by Cyril Pearce
    • We will remember them: Services, reflections, prayers and songs for Remembrance Sunday. Produced by  Movement for the Abolition  of War.  Available from Pax Christi £3.00 plus 20% p&p
  • Songs : 14 peace and anti-war songs for choirs to use freely. Listen to them here and download words/music here.  Produced by the Movement for the Abolition of War
  • Reimagining Remembrance : booklet  written by Kate Guthrie,produced by Ekklesia
  • Wounded Innocence talk given by Fr Rob Esdaile at Pax Christi seminar on Remembrance and Commemoration, July 2014 
    • Opposing World War One  - an information briefing about conscientious objection and peace activism in the First World War.  Produced by First World War Peace Forum 


Events 2016

15 May 2016 International Conscientious Objector Day .  The annual gathering at the Conscientious Objectors stone in Tavistock  Square, London at 12 noon honour of COs past and present.  Flyer here




Image_2014Summer revisedGENERAL RESOURCES

Website Documenting Dissent  with stories of FWW Conscientious  Objectors and women peacemakers with a focus on Lancashire.   October 2015

Commemorative Programme from the 15 May  2014 CO event in London with short biographies and photographs of those COs who were remembered and whose families took part in the event.

World War One Christmas Truce: range of resources for schools & churches produced by Martin Luther King Peace Committee

Arming all sides: a new website to compare &  contrast arms trade before during and after First World War  August 2014 

  • First World War Order Form - with a number of resources available from by Pax Christi
  • Commemorating the First World War: appropriate responses for peacemakers in our  newsletter Justpeace  December 2013 
  • Britain’s 100 years of conflict  - Guardian interactive resource February 2014
  • Opposing World War One  - an information briefing about conscientious objection and peace activism in the First World War. British peace organisations suggest that local and national events to mark the centenary of the First World War should also honour those whose convictions led them to oppose it. Produced by First World War Peace Forum 
  • Benedict XV and World War I: Courageous Prophet of Peace by CTS BenedictFr Ashley Beck. CTS.  Available from Pax Christi for £2.50 plus 20% p&p  January 2014 
  • We will not fight : the untold story of World War One’s COs by Will Wllsworth-Jones.  Available from Pax Christi £9.99 plus 20% p&p.  May 2014  
  • First World War Centenary website of  the Imperial War Museum.  Pax Christi is a registered partner.


These Dangerous Women: A documentary about the women who tried to stop the First World War.  They became the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom which celebrates its centenary on 28 April 2015 (April 2015)

The War Prayer: an animation of Mark Twain”s story which is an indictment of  the Philippine-American war 1899-1902.  Produced by Markos Kounalakis

NFPB 4Film Adventists Conscientious Objectors during World War I  produced by Victor Hulbert British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (July 2014)

  • Poster set from Northern Friends Peace Board
  • Short films on the CO’s of World War I from the Ian Hislop BBC series

Not Forgotten Part 1 - http://youtu.be/Na_qVy_Nl-4 Not Forgotten Part 2 - http://youtu.be/lCkWkL7iWpI Not Forgotten Part 3 - http://youtu.be/ZrpLaEVKqvI Not Forgotten Part 4 - http://youtu.be/DebT0hQBFBM Not Forgotten Part 5 - http://youtu.be/7KcDzy6UfJ8


Peace headlines from papers during FWW 2_WWIheadlines  3WWIheadlines

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