Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Papal-first – Francis beams video message to Super Bowl Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017

In a Papal-first, Pope Francis sent a video message to tens of thousands of fans during Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League In his message, Francis said he hoped the Super Bowl would provide “a sign Read more

Seven bishops, an abbot, and a psychiatrist dialogue with peace activists Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops’ fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, gathered with about 25 peace activists – myself included – to share a simple meal and consider the horrible emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds suffered by combatants of war. In the old basement of historic St. Vincent de Paul Church, Read more

A million Syrian children’s call for peace brought to UN and EU Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

A million Syrian children have signed a petition to the United Nations and the European Union. Three Syrian Church leaders are visiting EU and UN officials in Brussels and Geneva on the children’s behalf this week. Acting as “Ambassadors of the Children,” they will deliver the petition. In it, the children ask for peace in Read more

Peace for Aleppo Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Peace for Aleppo will come from God. The Catholic Bishop of Aleppo says the Christian faith is still practised in Aleppo. This is despite endless bombardment and a US strike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers. Bishop George Khazen said a Mass of thanksgiving for Mother Teresa’s canonization on Sunday. “The church was full, the Read more

Pope to attend final day of meeting of religious leaders aimed at promoting dialogue and peace Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Pope Francis will return to Assisi next month for the closing day of a gathering of religious leaders, aimed at promoting dialogue and peace. It will be his second visit to the birthplace of his namesake in two months, after his ‘private pilgrimage’to Assisi’s Porziuncula Chapel on 4 August. The upcoming visit will form part Read more

Nagasaki, WW2 martyrs, conscientious objectors remembered Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Nagasaki atomic bomb victims were among those remembered on Tuesday at a prayer service in the Crypt Chapel of Westminster Cathedral. Besides marking the anniversary of  Nagasaki’s victims, the service also recalled the execution of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter in 1943 for refusing to serve in Hitler’s army, and included prayers for all conscientious objectors and Read more

Disarming the world Comments 0

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

In the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus was prayerfully agonizing over his impending violent death, a large crowd with swords and clubs sent by the chief priests moved in to arrest him. Seeing this, one of Jesus’ disciples “put his hand to his sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his Read more

Pope wants global peace as next synod topic: Report Comments 1

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

An Italian news agency is reporting that Pope Francis wants to dedicate the next synod of bishops to the issue of global peace. ANSA stated the Pope mentioned this at a recent meeting of the organising council of the synod of bishops. “But how to develop a strong initiative in favour of global peace is Read more

Peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies aged 94 Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Jesuit peace activist Daniel Berrigan, who was imprisoned after burning draft files in an anti-war protest in the 1960s, has died aged 94. Fr Berrigan died peacefully on April 30 at Murray-Weigel Hall in New York City, after a long illness. Fr Berrigan and his younger brother, Fr Philip Berrigan, emerged as leaders of the Read more

Vatican conference hopes to topple just war theory Comments 1

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Participants in a Vatican conference are hoping to see just war theory dislodged as a leading framework for Catholic response to violence. Eighty experts engaged in global non-violent struggles have gathered this week to develop a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war. They also hope Pope Francis’s next excyclical will be on Read more