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October 2020 – January 2021

November 23: Pax Christi International issues a statement in response to the escalating violence in Ethiopia. ‘We believe that a comprehensive
inclusive and nonviolent political process is the only way to end this violent conflict’.

November 18: As the government announces a plan to increase spending on the military, the group Rethinking Security issued a statement: ‘By prioritising military spending over other means of influencing international security, the government is sending a powerful signal that Global Britain’s security strategy is increasingly and overwhelmingly about projecting military power’. Our Director, Theresa, said, ‘In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis cautions that: ‘War is not a ghost from the past but a constant threat. Our world is encountering growing difficulties on the slow path to peace upon which it had embarked and which had already begun to bear good fruit’. More military spending continues to lead us away from peace’. Reported in ICN.

November 15: A group of Anglican bishops called on the government to sign the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty. We called on the Catholic bishops to do the same.

3 November: Pax Christi International awards their annual peace prize to the Pacific Climate Warriors. The group’s work on challenging the extractives industry and the impact of climate change in the Pacific islands is inspiring. Reported in ICN too.

29 October: Our Director, Theresa, wrote in the Universe about nuclear weapons and the changed landscape following the ratifications.

24 October: The UN nuclear weapons ban treaty gets the required 50 ratifications and will enter into force on 22nd January 2021. Lots of resources and information was produced by Pax Christi.

23 October: Pax Christi International issued a statement to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN. The statement calls for positive change. Pax Christi England & Wales members met online earlier in the year to take part in a ‘UN75 conversation’.

October: Pope Francis sent greetings to Pax Christi International for our 75th anniversary.


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