Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Passchendaele “New Zealand’s darkest day” in WWI remembered on distant shores Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A New Zealand Memorial and Garden has been opened at Zonnebeke, Belgium, in time for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele. It is one ‘petal’ of a larger memorial for all those who died there – including German soldiers. It’s also a departure from the style of tributes in the 1920s to the ‘glorious dead’, Read more

Pope’s message of unity to Colombia Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Pope Francis has brought a message of unity to Colombia and the hope he can build bridges between its people during his five-day visit. After a five-decade war between the nation’s government and rebel guerilla forces, the country has been divided by a peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels. (The FARC are the Revlutionary Armed Read more

Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid North Korea threat Comments 0

Monday, August 14th, 2017

There hasn’t been any widespread anxiety among Guam residents, even after Pyongyang vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August. The people of Guam are accustomed to threats from North Korea. On Sunday priests across the island prayed for peace and a “just resolution of differences.” Continue reading Related Posts:Guam Read more

Martyr’s first anniversary – Jacques Hamel’s sister speaks Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest murdered just after praying for world peace while saying mass a year ago, has become a ‘brother to all,’ his sister Roselyne Hamel says. The two men who killed him claimed allegiance to ISIS. “We certainly come with many emotions,” Hamel said on Tuesday, the day before her brother’s Read more

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