2022 Annual General Meeting, 18 June
You are warmly invited to attend Pax Christi’s AGM on 18 June, 10.30 for 11.00 start to 4.30 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, WC2H 8EP and online via zoom
The morning’s business will be followed by afternoon input from Guest Speaker: The Reverend Mary Gregory, Canon for Arts and Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, who has chosen the title Engaged, Wounded: Reframing Ourselves for Peace and Reconciliation
Participants are invited to bring their own lunch.
To register to attend in person: email firstname.lastname@example.org. To attend online, register at https://tinyurl.com/3cw33jp9
Please find the 2022 Annual Report; 2022 AGM invitation; Minutes from last year’s AGM are all on the Justpeace and Annual Report page. The voting information will be available soon.
The Killing of Journalist, Shereen Abu Aqleh
World Council of Churches statement on killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh (13/5/22) Recent events in Palestine and Israel have, tragically, once again underscored the critical need for a just peace in the region, for both Palestinians and Israelis…. Read here.
Patriarch Michel Sabbah issues statement (16/5/22) on the latest violence in the Holy Land in which he says:
“We mourn all the victims of this unending bloodshed, claiming the lives of Israeli Jews, Palestinian Arabs and others who have died. We continue to cry out that violence is wrong and will not bring a solution but only more violence”
Read the full statement on Independent Catholic News here.
A very strong statement was issued from the Roman Catholic and other Church Leaders in Jerusalem at a press conference this morning (16/5/22):
“We, the Bishops and the faithful of the Christian Churches in the Holy Land, hereby condemn the violent intrusion of the Israeli Police into a funeral procession of the slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as it was going from Saint Joseph Hospital to the Greek-Melkite Cathedral Church.”
Read the Call to Prayer for Palestine issued by Pax Christi Chair, Ann Farr on the day of Shereen’s funeral in this report in Independent Catholic News.
Pax Christi International condemned the killing of the Palestinian Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh…Read more here.
Expressing its shock at the death of Shereen Abu Aqleh, the Latin Patriarchate asks for a thorough and urgent investigation of the killing which took place at Jenin on 11 May, 2022. More here.
International Conscientious Objectors Day, 15 May
Valerie Flessati shares some quotes made by Sahar Vardi, who spoke at the recent CO Day ceremony: “Conscientious objection is not something you do once and just ARE that. It’s a call for continuing action”. A report of the event published in Independent Catholic News can be read here.
Nuclear Weapons Store in Suffolk?
Commenting the news that preparations for storing US nuclear weapons at RAF Lakenheath seem likely, Ann Farr, Chair of Pax Christi England and Wales described the suggestion as ‘abhorent’ in The Tablet 23 April 2022. Find out more on the issue and on the protest planned for 21 May from CND. For details of transport from London, contact email@example.com
An Independent Catholic News reports that in a phone call on 4 May between Pope Francis and the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida wish was expressed for an end to nuclear weapons.
More on Nuclear Weapons…
Nuclear Ban Treaty
We all celebrated in 2021 when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. Now there’s a campaign to get Britain involved with the agreement so it can take steps to join the global majority in support of a nuclear weapons-free world.
ACTION: Support the Talks not Bombs day of action on Saturday 11th June.
The states parties to the TPNW will meet for the first time in Vienna between 21st-23rd June, 2022. As a non-signatory, the UK can attend as an observer, but it is refusing to do so.
Help put pressure on the Foreign Secretary to commit to attending, like other NATO states Norway and Germany. See lots of actions athttps://cnduk.org/talksnotbombs/
The War in Ukraine: Nuclear weapons Ban Action
A recent webinar by US Archbishop John Wester on 29 April organised by Pax Christi International is now available to watch here.
From Christian CND…
At Fellowship of Reconciliation Friday evening prayers (see below for details) Christian CND Development Manager, Russell Whiting, reflected on the threat of nuclear arms being used in the war in Ukraine: “As the war has progressed the threat of nuclear weapons being used has been on the agenda and in peoples minds in a way it hasn’t been for the past decades. The situation is incredibly dangerous, it will only take one rocket from Russia to start into Poland or another NATO Member State and the situation could escalate very quickly”. Full report here.
National Justice & Peace Conference, 22-24 July
The Pax Christi Team will be at Swanwick exploring the theme Hope! A verb with its sleeves rolled up. Speakers: Philip McDonagh, Fr Patrick Devine SMA, Tim Livesey and some interesting workshops. More information and bookings here.
Give Peace: First Communion and Confirmation
Vocation for Peace
The summer issue of the Columban Social Justice newsletter Vocation for Justice explores the theme ‘war is a choice, but so is peace’.
Ukraine – Resources for Understanding, Prayer and Action
Pope Francis: “May the Lord send his spirit to make us understand that war is a defeat of humanity”. (8/5/22)
Pope Francis has once again appealed for peace in the world, entrusting his prayers to Our Lady. See article in Independent Catholic News
Resources are available on the News Reports 2022 page of the website.
Prayers for Peace in Ukraine
Pax Christi Members will be joining with friends from the Fellowship of Reconciliation who are holding an online Prayers for Peace in Ukraine on each Friday at 7.30pm. All welcome. Useful prayer resources are also available – Register Now
CAFOD supporting Caritas in Ukraine & Poland
Pax Christi members may wish to learn of the humanitarian work CAFOD is supporting and respond to its appeal for donations.
February – March Justpeace
In this latest edition of Justpeace, Pax Christi supporters write on the work of art, music, or literature which had influenced them to work for peace and justice.
Continuing to promote the Message of Peace…
The resources produced to promote Pope Francis’ 2022 Message for World Peace Dialogue between Generations, Education, Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace can be used any time of the year. they can be found here.
People Putting Peace Into Action
Peace – based on justice. A world where human rights are respected, basic needs are met, people feel safe and valued in their communities and we care for our common home
Reconciliation – a process which begins when people try to mend relationships – between individuals or whole countries after times of violence or dispute
Nonviolence – a way of living and making choices that respects others and offers alternatives to violence and war