It is wonderful to belong to an international Catholic movement for peace. We look forward to 2020 when Pax Christi will be 75 years old. We are planning ways both to celebrate and to use the milestone to increase the profile of our work.
Read our report about the Brussels meetings here
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Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen are unlawful. The Court found that the government has failed to properly assess whether there have been breaches of International Humanitarian Law.
This historic judgment means that the government must now stop issuing new arms exports licences and suspend existing licences to export arms to Saudi for use in Yemen, and retake all decisions in accordance with the law.
Pax Christi is delighted with this news but the battle is not over! We know it should not have taken a court case and us campaigning for government to listen – Write to your MP now and tell them about this ruling, keeping the pressure on! These sales should never have happened in the first place. How many lives have been lost through the sale of BILLIONS of pounds worth of weapons from the UK? How long will this country refuse to acknowledge the blood on its hands…
If you would like to write to your MP please do so through the CAAT website
Sincere gratitude and thanks to all those who have taken part in this work.
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Our new Justpeace is out now!
In this edition of Justpeace we hear from Valerie Flessati about the First World War Peace Forum and the work that Pax Christi has been involved in leading up to the Centenary of the First World War. Pat Gaffney reports on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and Clare Shanley shares her experience of her first Pax Christi women’s gathering in Birmingham this year.
Also in this issue we hear more about the Peace prize winners from our annual gathering.
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Been meaning to tackle the definitive book on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: Choosing Peace? Contact us for a copy of our new Quick Study Guide to help you get started. Information here. You could also use the Guide to work through key parts of the book with a small group of friends, neighbours, Pax Christi members, or parishioners. It would make a good advent discussion group resource too: Discuss with your parish priest now! Perhaps tie it in with booking the Pax Christi Icon to provide a strong focus on peace and nonviolence.
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Get together with a few friends and talk about peace over a simple supper: there will be plenty to talk about! Ask everyone to make a donation to Pax Christi. Get in touch and we’ll send you copies of Pax Christi’s recipe book A Taste for Peace to give away to your guests. Or think bigger and make it a parish event and have a Pax Christi stall too! We have lots of prayer resource ideas too: for example here and here
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