Category: Security & Disarmament

The peace we seek cannot come from weaponry, but from a commitment to justice and nonviolent actions which recognise the dignity of every human person and all creation. We reject models of security that rely on fear, the demonisation of others or on the strength of arms - conventional and nuclear.

International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

15th May is a day for remembering all those who have struggled for the right to refuse to kill, throughout history and today. We remember those who have refused to bear arms and participate in war. Hundreds of people across the world are imprisoned or forced to flee their home countries for refusing to join the armed forces. On May 15th we stand in solidarity with them, as well as celebrating the memory of all those throughout history who have resisted conscription.

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Ash Wednesday

Pax Christi members marked Ash Wednesday with acts of penitence and witness around the country as we have done for over 30 years. 

In London, there was a vigil of resistance and repentance at the Ministry of Defence. The liturgy and witness is undertaken in respectful opposition to the MoD’s preparations for the deployment of nuclear weapons. See HERE for more details

In Liverpool at noon, Pax Christi members and friends led a public act of repentance for our possession and intended use of the nuclear weapons.
In Coventry there was an Ash Wednesday Action beginning at the foot of the Old Cathedral steps, organised by Pax Christi members and friends.

Pax Christi members around the country  joined us in prayerful solidarity.

Independent Catholic News covered the London and Coventry events. More information is on the Pax Christi News page

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Preparing for Ash Wednesday witness to nuclear war preparations

AW Promotion 2017Ash Wednesday 1 March 2017

Join us for the 35th year of Christian witness and  resistance to nuclear war preparations in   London, Liverpool & Glasgow

  • London: Gather at 3.00pm Victoria Embankment Gardens Whitehall Section Nearest stations Embankment and Charing Cross .
  • Procession in Horseguards Ave to Ministry of Defence.
              Supported by CCND, London Catholic Worker and Pax Christi 

The liturgy will involve prayer, song and symbolic actions using the  symbols of the day.

 In London there may be nonviolent civil disobedience in the form of marking the building with blessed charcoal during the day.  Those who wish to take part in the  these actions must contact the Pax Christi office for preparation .

  • Pax Christi Liverpool.   Meet 12.45 at  the steps of St Luke’s Church, Berry Street. There will be a procession with pauses for prayer and reflection and distribution of ashes.
  • Glasgow Catholic Worker will hold a vigil at South  Gate of Faslane at 2.45 pm

If you are unable to join us, download the liturgy booklet and be with us in prayer wherever you are Ash Wednesday Liturgy





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Drone Wars: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control

Campaign launch, 3 October

Campaign launch, 3 October

This new report Drone  Wars: Out of Sight, Our of mind, Out of control – was launched last night at Friends House, London the latest resource from the Drone Campaign Network of which Pax Christi is a member.

Written by Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK and Pax Christi Executive Committee member.  Chris says: Drones are at the forefront of the rehabilitation of the idea of war itself.  Through using remote systems and precision weapons, we are being told, war is no longer the hell it once was…”

 The report highlights some of the key issues surrounding the growing use of armed drones and makes a number of key recommendations to control their use.  Informative and accessible resource for peace campaigners!

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Hundreds gather at National J&P Conference

Pat Gaffney and Paul Rogers

Pat Gaffney and Paul Rogers

There was a great buzz of energy and activity at the 2015 NJPN Conference on The Things that Make for Peace and Pax Christi was a key partner in the planning and running of the Conference.

You can read an fuller reports on the Conference from Leeds J&P commission  here … from page 5 and from journalist Paul Donovan here

Prof Paul Rogers was the first speaker on the theme A century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot War 1945-2045. Paul’s presentation was challenging and hope-filled.  He said  that we are involved in ‘suggesting the possible’, the prophetic work of peace and justice. You can read more of Paul’s work and analysis here.  Fr Edu Gariguez spoke of his peace and justice ministry in the Philippines, his talk can be found here.  

Pax Christi offered several workshops.  Matt Jeziorski our Education worker ran a workshop on Militarism and Young People and Fr Paul Lansu from Pax Christi International ran a workshop on the EU as a force for peace.   Fr Martin Poulsom gave very moving and focused reflections after each session to help us link what we had heard to our own experiences and faith. 

Three women took part in a panel discussion on grass roots peace work – work with young people and violence presented by Lorraine Dinnegan; interfaith work for peace, given by Sr Maire Hayes and empowering women in Zimbabwe from development from Jenny Vaughan  & Fiona Mwashita of Progressio.

The conference was chaired by Pax Christi’s Pat Gaffney

More photographs here 

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