Posts Tagged ‘War’

War declared by Nigerian bishop Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

War has been declared by Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese in Nigeria, following an attack on a seminary. During the attack, a priest was shot and two people “mercilessly beaten.” The perpetrators also shot continuously at seminary rector’s residence. The attack was allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen on Monday. In response, Ezeokafor Read more

War in South Sudan drags on, church helps displaced Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

In South Sudan about a third of the 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes. The Catholic Church is one group trying to help alleviate suffering. In the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Wau, for example, almost 10,000 internally displaced people continue to find refuge. Read more     Read more

My personal story as a Catholic conscientious objector Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Migrants and Refugees

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

ANZAC Day peace vigil: Respect for the fallen or freedom of speech? Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

On Anzac Day a group small elderly Whanganui women took part in a peace vigil. They were Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends, who strive to “bring about God’s will without the use of force or violence.” Quakers refuse to take part in war and preparation for war; and oppose the culture of militarism. Read more

Pope Francis – the world is at war but not with religion Comments 1

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The world is at war, but it’s not at heart a religious conflict, Pope Francis says. He was speaking, ahead of his visit to Poland, to reporters seeking his comments on the murder of a Catholic priest by French jihadists on Tuesday. As soon as the plane took off from Rome enroute to Krakow, Vatican Read more

Sr. Monique Tarabeh, praying for family in Syria Comments 0

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Good Shepherd Sr. Monique Tarabeh’s prayers have an urgency to them. Tarabeh grew up in Damascus, Syria, and her family still lives there despite the civil war made possible by the rise of the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The war has raged for five years, killing hundreds of thousands of people and Read more

Pope Francis appeals for help for Ukraine Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Pope Francis has called on parishes across Europe on Sunday to give donations to the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. The pontiff on Sunday announced that there will be special collections on April 24 in all European Catholic churches to “alleviate the material needs” of all who are suffering “the consequences of the violence” Read more

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

Bougainville bikies spreading message of peace Comments 0

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A bikies group made up of former combatants of Bougainville’s civil war is spreading the message of peace across the country. The Bougainville Motocross Club has proved immensely popular and has helped turn around the lives of people who were affected by the war. The club’s founding president, Emilroy Augustine, said the club had toured Read more

A Japanese Sister’s experience of war Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II is a good reason to tell my dreadful experience of war – and in the end – how it led me to the Good Samaritan Sisters. On December 8, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. This brought Japan into World War II. At that time I Read more