Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

A world awash with weapons – there’s a better way Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more economically developed nations are doing. Despite the tragic fact that approximately 40 current armed conflicts worldwide are causing over 150,000 Read more

My personal story as a Catholic conscientious objector Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

As I was trying to discern what God wanted me to write about, I walked into my 16-year-old son’s bedroom to discover a military calendar hanging on the wall. It highlighted young men and women in combat fatigues, fighter jets, an aircraft carrier battle group and plenty of American flags. I knew from personal experience Read more

Condemn violence masquerading as sanctity says Pope Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pope Francis called on global religious leaders to condemn violence masquerading as sanctity at a peace conference in Egypt on Friday. He asked them to condemn violent extremism and “unmask violence that masquerades as purported sanctity.” Read more   Related Posts:Christian, Muslim leaders condemn Nice attackReligious leaders must condemn terrorismPope announces next World Day of Read more

Buddhists and Catholics to promote peace Comments 0

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Catholics and Buddhists should work together to promote peace and non-violence, says the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Both Jesus and Buddha promoted non-violence and were peacemakers, says Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who is the  Council president. In a letter marking the Buddhist religious festival of Vesakh addressed to “Buddhist friends”, the Council urged a unified Read more

Ireland’s peace process shouldn’t be taken for granted Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Ireland’s peace process shouldn’t be taken for granted, church leaders say. Ireland’s Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian leaders are determined Northern Ireland’s peace process achievements should be protected. In a joint statement they said not everything in the vision for peace has been achieved yet. However, they said”the current circumstances provide an opportunity Read more

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