Trump cuts funding to UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)

Below is an extract from Jonathan Cook's article entitled 'There was a deeper, darker agenda afoot when the US administration cut UNRWA funding', published in The National, September 2, 2018. Shatila Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut. Palestinians have reacted angrily to the US decision amid fears it undermines their cause. (Anwar Amro/AFP). Left click photo to enlarge. The Trump…

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Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal

The Church cannot condemn child abuse by pedophiles and yet bless the government’s murder of children in its wars, if it wants to be consistent and faithful to Christ.  Below is an extract from an article by Brian Terrell on this theme: On August 14, a report from a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania identified 300 Catholic priests across the…

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Pax Christi Australia (NSW) Convenor’s Report

The August Report includes information about meetings with the Inter-Congregational Voice on Climate Change and the Pacific Islands. This is a group of Catholic congregations with historical and ongoing involvement among peoples in Pacific Island nations in the areas of education, health, community development and climate justice. The group participated in the ‘Inquiry into the strategic effectiveness and outcomes of Australia’s aid…

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People’s Peace Movement (PPM ) in Afghanistan

In his article, 'In Afghanistan, Our Need to Rethink the Institution of War', author Dr Hakim writes, “We’ve been thinking that we need armies to stop ‘terrorists’, but armies don’t stop ‘terrorists’. Instead, they give ‘terrorists’ reason to keep fighting”. Dr Hakim says that it is "frustrating that whereas all human beings wish to live meaningful lives, we seem helpless…

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Senator Pat Dodson’s response to Fraser Anning’s maiden speech

In his maiden speech, Katter’s Australian Party senator Fraser Anning called for an end to Muslim immigration and a return to the White Australia policy. Below is Patrick Dodson’s response: Senator DODSON (Western Australia) (10:21): I wasn't intending to say anything, and I won't say anything that will be better than what my leader has said on this side of the…

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New Zealand ratifies the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Recently, New Zealand became the 14th state to ratify the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand, our member organisation in New Zealand, issued the following statement upon ratification: Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand has been a strong advocate against the possession, testing and use of nuclear weapons since our beginnings in the mid 1980s. This has included…

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Destruction of Australian War Sales Catalogue event held in Sydney 30 June 2018

A public rally to protest against the Coalition government's Defence Export Strategy and the Australian Military Sales Catalogue took place on June 30 outside the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney’s CBD. Below is an extract from one of the speeches. "By this public destruction of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue today, we symbolically protest against the Government spending $3.8 billion…

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NAIDOC Week – 8 to 15 July 2018

A 'Reflection' presented by Peter Griffin (Pax Christi NSW) at St Vincent’s Church in Redfern, Sunday 8 July 2018. Good Morning. As we gather today, let us bring to mind that we are on Aboriginal land. It is not easy for non-Aboriginal people to appreciate the difference between owning land and being owned by the land. The difference is between…

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