"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Matt 5:9 NRSVCE
Afghanistan - Visualising the impact of 20 years of war
September 6, 2021 - Aljazeera
An Afghan woman and girl approach US soldiers in Kandahar April 2, 2010. [REUTERS/Tim Wimborne]
Here's what 20 years of war has done to the Afghan people. As the US withdraws its troops, we look at the latest figures on human suffering. View here
As coup protests spike, Myanmar bishops urge aid, protection of worship sites
June 13, 2021
In recent weeks, six churches in Myanmar have been either attacked or destroyed amid fighting between the military and opposition forces...the bishops asked the military to “Kindly observe the international norms of sanctuary in war times: churches, pagodas, monasteries, mosques, temples, including schools and hospitals, are recognized as neutral places of refuge during conflict.” Learn more and as requested by the Bishops of Myanmar, pray for peace.
6 lessons coronavirus can teach us about climate change
Photo credit for image at top: Robert A. Jonas.
If there was ever a time in which humanity should finally recognize that we belong to one connected family on Earth, this should be it. We share a single planet, drink from the same water and breathe the same air.
So whether hunkered down at home or hospital, or working on the front lines, we are all doing our part to face a common enemy together. When COVID-19 is finally behind us, instead of returning to normal life, we must hold on to these lessons in the fight against climate change.
Here are 6 lessons the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about our response to climate change.
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The Franciscan who stayed in war-torn Syria
December 27, 2019 - Vatican News
Syrian Fr. Firas Lufti is a Franciscan working in the Holy Land. He is Minister of the Region of St. Paul, which includes Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In this story, he describes nine years of violence, destruction and death during the war in Syria: how he stayed there with his people, and how today he helps children rediscover their smiles. READ THE STORY
October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Chew on This! marks this important day each year with our nation-wide event, drawing attention to poverty in Canada and calling for action through a national plan to end poverty. LEARN MORE
Climate Action for Peace
October 1, 2019
“Justice is not enough…” - the Bishop Romero story
April 20, 2019 - OFM JPIC
gun or a rifle in his hand; that is fear. There can be no peace either, says the Second Vatican Council, from the horrific quests for domination and wanting to subdue, whether it be a Nation or a single person. That would be like saying peace comes from death or repression. Neither of them is peace.
What Bishop Romero was trying to say is that the presence of fear is actually a manifestation that peace cannot yet exist, and much less so when coupled with a power source that is categorically only looking for repression or death. Christian peace goes much further, much more profound.
Fight for peace, but without violence
Never Again - Support for the people of Myanmar
November 13, 2018 - CCCB
through a host of aid agencies. We can speak out to our elected officials. Both of these are praiseworthy endeavours. There is another option as well. Each of us can redouble our efforts to become agents of peace and reconciliation in our own families, workplaces and communities, to be bridges of understanding in a time of deep division and discord. Peace starts in our own hearts and our local communities as does the fomenting of division and conflict. Let us work together to sow the seeds of peace! As faith leaders, we implore our faithful to turn towards the power of prayer and pray for justice, reconciliation and peace for the people of Myanmar!
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MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN 2018 OFM
May 13, 2018 - OFM - A message of hope and solidarity.
To our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the World:
As-salaamu ‘alaykum! Peace be upon you!
On behalf of the Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam of the Order of Friars Minor, it gives me great pleasure once again to extend our greetings to you as you begin the observance of Ramadan. In this holy month you truly hunger and thirst for God (swt)as reflected by your rigorous daily fasting. As it is written in the Holy Qur’an, first revealed to you in this month: “Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you might be conscious of God (tattaqūna)…” (al-Baqara 2.183).
By becoming more conscious of God’s eternal presence and becoming more grateful to God the Most Generous (al-Karīm), we may all become more sensitive to the needs of others, particularly those who lack who lack adequate food and access to clean water – and there are many. According to the World Health Organization, more than 800 million people, or 11 per cent of the global population, do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of five are due to inadequate nutrition. The WHO also reports that some 844 million people lack a basic supply of drinking water, and at least 2 billion people worldwide drink water from contaminated sources that cause disease and death. ........READ MORE
Conflict resolution and active non-violence
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