Posts Tagged ‘Peace’

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

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Abp Tomasi reszied

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
peace vigils resized

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
Benedict XVI dialogue

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 gestures while aboard a flight

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

Auckland bishops call on Israel to return to pre-1967 borders Comments 1

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ross Bay statement reszied

Auckland’s Catholic and Anglican bishops have called on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders in accordance with United Nations’ requests. In a joint statement, Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Anglican Bishop Ross Bay said such an act by Israel would be “a pre-requisite for dialogue to establish a lasting and just settlement in the Read more

Global day of prayer for peace organised for Transfiguration Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Sako peace resized

A Global Day of Prayer for Peace is being organised for August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The international pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako of Iraq appealed to all people of good will to join in. A statement from Aid to the Church in Read more