August 9: Franz Jägerstätter Memorial Service: This year, online! Almost 50 Pax Christi members and friends met online to mark the execution of Austrian Catholic farmer and conscientious objector, Franz Jägerstätter. Due to the online format, we were able to welcome people from America and Uruguay, as well as Pax Christi Scotland’s Chair, Marian Pallister. During our liturgy, Marian reflected on Franz’s legacy more personally. We heard music from Marion Hill and from José Ignacio Davila. Listen to Marian‘s talk again.
August 6 – 9 : 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Our Director, Theresa, wrote an article for the Universe newspaper: ‘The language of deterrence is one of domination and other-ing. It is not the language of the gospel’. Our plans to mark these events were reported on Independent Catholic News. On behalf of Pax Christi England & Wales, Theresa signed an interfaith statement and a statement coordinated by Christian CND speaking out against nuclear weapons. The Christian CND statement was signed by four Catholic bishops from England & Wales and a number of Catholic clergy and religious Sisters. The Catholic Bishops Conference for England & Wales also issued a statement for the anniversaries.
We sent messages of greeting and solidarity to our partners in Japan from members and from our National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon. Information about members’ activities is reported on our Member News pages.