Posts Tagged ‘Weapons’

Ahead of London arms fair, UK bishops call for end to weapons trade

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Ahead of a major arms fair in London, Catholic leaders in the UK are calling for an end to the arms trade. The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) takes place every two years in the British capital, and brings together members of the arms industry with government officials, military officers, and academics. This year’s Read more

Finding hope in the people of Iraq

Monday, March 15th, 2021

In the past few days, the Lord allowed me to visit Iraq, carrying out a project of Saint John Paul II. Never before has a Pope been in the land of Abraham. Providence willed that this should happen now, as a sign of hope, after years of war and terrorism, and during a severe pandemic. Read more

Fratelli Tutti – Summary of Francis Encyclical – on the fraternity and social friendship

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Pope Francis Social Encyclical: ‘Fratelli Tutti’ was launched at the Vatican, Sunday 4 October, 2020. The document focuses on fraternity and social friendship as the ways to build a better, more just and peaceful world – with the contribution of all: people and institutions. The official summary follows, with a link to download the full Read more

Fratelli Tutti: Francis explores fraternity and social friendship

Monday, October 5th, 2020

October 4, Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti during a visit to Assisi. The encyclical calls for a new kind of politics and emphasises social friendship as a way to build a more just and peaceful world. It encourages the contribution of all people and institutions and seeks to build a global movement Read more

Defence industry forum faces faith-based backlash

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

After dramatic scenes outside Wellington’s stadium last year, the New Zealand Defence Industry Association’s annual forum has been moved to Palmerston North’s main stadium and will occur there on the 31st of October and 1st of November. Dubbed by protesters as a “weapons expo” for companies that profit from war and killing, the event will Read more

Weapons expo’ protesters appear in court

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Protesters from last week’s defence industry conference in Wellington have appeared in court on charges of obstructing a public place, and disorderly behaviour. Six people appeared before a registrar in the Wellington District Court last Friday morning. Continue reading

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

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

Vatican calls for wider definition of weapons of mass destruction

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Vatican has called on the international community to expand the definition of a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ to include “devastatingly powerful conventional weapons used to perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity.” “Conventional weapons are becoming less and less ‘conventional’ as technological advances elevate their power to destroy to the level of weapons of Read more

Vatican seeks ban on chemical and nuclear weapons

Friday, October 25th, 2013

In an address to a United Nations committee, the Vatican’s representative has called for a total ban on chemical and nuclear weapons. “It is sadly ironic that states vociferous in their condemnation of chemical weapons are silent on the continued possession of nuclear weapons,” said Archbishop Francis Chullikatt. “The international community must appeal and act Read more

Please don’t bring your guns to church

Friday, November 4th, 2011

A new law Wisconsin, America permitting residents to carry concealed weapons has the Catholic bishops in the diocese asking parishioners to not bring their guns to church. “Intuitively, we understand that acts of violence, destruction, and murder are antithetical to the message and person of Jesus Christ and have no rightful place in our society, especially Read more