Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

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

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Pope invites Holy Land leaders to Vatican to pray for peace Comments 0

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to join him at the Vatican and together pray for peace. Speaking in Bethlehem, the Pope offered President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas “my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer”. “Building peace is difficult, Read more

Rabbi: Welcome to Israel, Pope Francis Comments 0

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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In a few weeks, at the end of this month, Pope Francis will follow in the footsteps of his immediate two papal predecessors, by making a religious/diplomatic pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Pope John Paul II did so in March 2000, and Pope Benedict visited in 2009. Read more

South Sudan: First impressions Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014
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First impressions aren’t always accurate. But in my first days here I have been struck by the extent of trauma people have experienced – and real worries that the violence that has rocked South Sudan since mid-December may not be over. The capital of Juba is calm, but it is only “outwardly” so, one of Read more

9 reasons Pope should win Nobel Peace Prize Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Pope Francis has been announced as one of the 278 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. Here are a few reasons why he deserves to win over the other nominees, which include Vladimir Putin and Edward Snowden. Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize 1. He’s practically a rockstar What does Pope Francis have in common Read more