Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

Peace in the Holy Land — an elusive dream Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As Christians around the world prepare during Advent to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war and preparing for more war – more bombs, more drones, more boots on the ground. From the drug cartel war in Mexico, to the civil war in South Sudan, to the Read more

Pope visits conflict zone in Central African Republic Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Pope Francis has become the first Pontiff in recent history to visit a conflict zone when he arrived in the Central African Republic on Sunday. The nation has been embroiled in a civil war between a Muslim minority and a Christian majority since March, 2013. Arriving in the capital, Bangui, Francis declared himself a “pilgrim Read more

Vatican backs military force to stop ISIS ‘genocide’ Comments 2

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The Vatican’s top diplomat at the United Nations has called for a co-ordinated international force to stop ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Italian Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there is a type of genocide happening to Christians and other minorities in these countries, which must be stopped. Archbishop Tomasi told Crux’s John Allen that any anti-ISIS Read more

Catholic Workers plan peace vigils against Iraq deployment Comments 0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Catholic Workers groups in the Hokianga and Otaki are organising peace vigils to oppose military deployment to Iraq. The vigils are among those to be held around New Zealand at 5pm on March 5 under the auspices of Peace Movement Aotearoa. They will call for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace Read more

Monis’ madness not of Islam Comments 0

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to link hostage taker Man Haron Monis with Islam. “We don’t blame the Pope for the IRA, and we don’t blame the Catholics living next door for the folly of some people, the folly and madness of some people who may claim a Christian motivation. And I think we Read more

Islamophobia, fundamentalism and peace focus Papal diplomatic talks in Turkey Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The plight of Christians in the Middle East and Muslims in the West dominated Pope Francis’ first day in Turkey. Both the Pope and Turkish leaders spoke frankly about their respective concerns. “It is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the Read more

Pope: dialogue door with Islamic State always open Comments 0

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Pope Francis said while dialogue with the Islamic State may seem a long way off, he would never close the door. Admitting dialogue with the likes of the Islamic State may seem impossible, the Holy Father replied, “I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It’s difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the Read more

Retired Benedict XVI says relativism is lethal to faith Comments 0

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as being “lethal to faith”. The retired pontiff sent a written message of 1800 words to Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, where a lecture hall was recently dedicated to him. “The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, Read more

Photographer’s focus on peace Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Celebrities, gang members, homeless people and religious leaders have equal importance in artist Stuart Robertson’s global work Peace in 10,000 Hands. His vision is to create a lasting conversation about peace by photographing a white rose in the hands of 10,000 people from all over the world. The photographs will eventually become part of an Read more

Pope says Islamist militants in Iraq must be stopped Comments 1

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Pope Francis says the international community would be justified in stopping Islamist militants in Iraq, but no single nation should decide how to do this. On his plane flying back from Korea, the Pope had an hour long conversation with journalists. Francis was asked if he approved of US strikes against ISIS insurgents who have recently Read more