Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Auckland bishops call on Israel to return to pre-1967 borders Comments 1

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ross Bay statement reszied

Auckland’s Catholic and Anglican bishops have called on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders in accordance with United Nations’ requests. In a joint statement, Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Anglican Bishop Ross Bay said such an act by Israel would be “a pre-requisite for dialogue to establish a lasting and just settlement in the Read more

Global day of prayer for peace organised for Transfiguration Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Sako peace resized

A Global Day of Prayer for Peace is being organised for August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The international pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako of Iraq appealed to all people of good will to join in. A statement from Aid to the Church in Read more

Mosque, synagogue and church planned under one roof in Berlin Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A common house of worship featuring a mosque, a synagogue and a Christian church is being planned for Berlin. Berlin Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, Imam Kadir Sanci and Pastor Gregor Hohberg hope their dream can become a reality. The trio hope Christians, Jews and Muslims will soon study and pray together. The city has already Read more

Churches share blame for war-mongering before World War I Comments 1

Friday, August 1st, 2014
WWI poppies

Germany’s Catholic bishops have acknowledged that churches share responsibility for “war-mongering” in the build up to the First World War. In a statement, the bishops said the Great War’s dimensions were “shocking”. The conflict from 1914 to 1918 left 16 million dead and 21 million wounded. The centenary of the outbreak of the war was Read more

Pope Benedict XV, WWI and the pursuit of peace Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Pope Benedict XV was archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in June 1914 when the pistol shots of a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo murdered Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, and echoed throughout the world. On Aug. 20, 1914, with World War I less than a month old, Pope Pius X died, and on Sept. Read more

NZ Jews, Christians, and Muslims leaders call for peace in Gaza Comments 0

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in Wellington have issued a joint statement regarding the current conflict in Gaza and Israel. “We call upon all of the parties involved in the current conflict in Gaza and Israel to cease hostilities, and sit down at the negotiating table and do the hard work necessary to obtain a Read more

Muslims, Jews and Christians fast together for Holy Land peace Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014
Israel palestine peace

Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the world have fasted from sunrise to sundown on one day, in the interests of peace in Israel and Palestine. July 15 was designated as an appropriate occasion as it fell on significant fasting days in Jewish and Muslim religious calendars. It was the 17th of the month of Tammuz Read more

Being a “Nun on a bus” Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014

It is difficult to believe that it has been fifty years since I joined my religious community, the Sisters of Social Service, and began a lifetime of commitment to the quest for justice based in the Gospel. Over the decades my spirituality and prayer life have deepened to be a contemplative life of “walking willing.” Read more

Peace summit, no peace Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Hours before he convened an unprecedented Vatican prayer service for peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that “a church that doesn’t have the capacity to surprise… is a dying church.” By that standard, Francis showed that Catholicism on his watch is alive and kicking by delivering Read more

We are all ‘Francis’ now Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014

There were many striking images during the extraordinary 72 hours that Pope Francis spent in the Middle East. The Pope at the River Jordan, visiting with Syrian refugees, celebrating mass in Bethlehem, praying at the separation wall, uniting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, visiting the Dome of the Rock, leaving a note at the Western Wall, Read more