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  • Front group with Pax Christi's Fr Claude Mostowik, Palm Sunday Rally and March in Sydney 25 March 2018

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4 July 2019 – Pax Christi International welcomes new Deputy Secretary General Dirk Broos

Mr. Broos was born in Mechelen, Belgium and in the past was a bio-engineer. He is educated in accountancy, financial management and analysis, audit and labor law.For the past 29 years, he has been the financial director at the Flemish section of Pax Christi, Pax Christi Vlaanderen.

“I hope to be able to contribute to the development of a financially stable and healthy organisation at Pax Christi International,” stated Mr. Broos. “I look forward to broadening my horisons through international contacts.”

1 June 2019 – Just Comment  – Meritocracy –How fair is the ‘Fair Go’?A publication of the Edmund Rice Centre

‘Meritocracy’, first coined in 1958, is a social system where advancement in society is based on one’s abilities and merits rather than on the basis of family, wealth or social background. Coupled with capitalism and egalitarian values, it has allowed people from low status groups to dream of improving their social status, economic class, and place in the hierarchy. The impression is that everyone can succeed if they develop the necessary abilities. Meritocracy and equality of opportunity are championed by all kinds of politicians to achieve a fair society. People want to believe they live in a ‘fair’ society where hard work can achieve anything, regardless of their social position at birth. This is simply not true. Read More

 

28 May 2019 – Colonising First Nations: From the Killing Times to Reserves to Incarceration

Paul Gregoire Sydney Criminal Lawyers May 25, 2019

The British colonisation of the continent now referred to as Australia was based on terra nullius, meaning the land was neither owned nor occupied. As the High Court of Australia acknowledged in 1992, this was a lie, which was obvious to the First Nations peoples and the invaders at the time.

The problem for the British as they pursued their takeover of the land was that it was already being occupied by the locals. So, in order to deal with this setback, the invaders undertook policies of genocide, segregation and then incarceration: a measure still being utilised to this day.

Soon after the arrival of the British ships in the Warrang/Sydney region an outbreak of smallpox struck down around 90 percent of the local First Nations population, which some assert was an act of biological warfare, with the disease purposefully being deployed   Read More

9 May 2019 – Politics in Service of Peace

A STATEMENT BY THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF AUSTRALIA FOR THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION

Christian faith is not a private matter. It shapes how we live our lives in public,
as well as how we relate to God.
Politics can be the object of criticism, even scorn, but it is an arena in which we can express our faith and therefore the truth of our humanity.
As citizens who are Catholic, we have the opportunity to participate in the electoral process, to use our voice and our vote for the benefit of the whole community.
As bishops, we offer this statement as a way of sharing key points of Catholic teaching that you  may want to reflect upon as we  prepare for the federal election.

 

 

6 May 2019 – NSW Pax Christi Convenor’s Report

Fr Claude Mostowik reports on the activities in April 2019. Read full report here

Fr Shenouda, Fr Claude Mostowik and Rev John Barr share their reflections at the Palm Sunday Rally. held on Sunday 14th April 2019

 

 

 

 

 

23 April 2019 -“Statement issued by the members of “Religious and Priests for Human Rights – RPHR”

Fr. Nandana Manatunga one of the signatories to this statement _ and a member of Pax Christi International

Why they had to die in vain ?

April 23, Tuesday 2019 was declared a ‘day of national mourning’ by the Sri Lankan government, with the call to remember those who lost their lives and suffered injuries for nothing. Read Full Statement

 

 

16 April 2019 – Pax Christi International mourns the death of International Board member Fr. Neles Tebay of the Papua Peace Network

Fr Neles Tebay speaking at the Pax Christi Asia Pacific Consultation held in Philippines in December 2017

6/4/19 – It is with great sadness that Pax Christi International shares the news of the death of Fr. Neles Tebay, a member of our International Board and the coordinator of the Papua Peace Network. Fr. Neles, who suffered from bone cancer, had been in intensive care for the last few weeks at St. Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta. He died on Sunday, 14 April.  Read Full Article

 

 

 

 

4 April 2019 – Pope Francis: Countries that sell arms have no right to talk about peace

An army special forces soldier checks a machine gun before an infiltration exercise in Ilopango, El Salvador, May 4, 2016. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Nations that actively engage in arms dealing and help foment war in other countries should not expect to find peace in their own lands, Pope Francis said……

Countries that sell arms, he said, “have no right to talk about peace. They are fomenting war in another country, and then they want peace in their own land.”…….Read complete article

 

 

 

 

4 April 2019 – Nuclear age: Humanity is flirting with extinction

Source: Getty Images

The most stunning and frightening truth about the nuclear age is this: Nuclear weapons are capable of destroying civilization and most complex life on the planet, yet next to nothing is being done about it. Humanity is flirting with extinction and is experiencing the “frog’s malaise.” It is as though the human species has been placed into a pot of tepid water —  Read More

 

 

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