The Motives For Meaningful Peace Work

By Fr. Paul Lansu Senior Policy Advisor, Pax Christi International Catholic social teaching provides a critical framework from where to search values and norms and to contribute to justice, peace and care for the creation. The social ideas of the Church,[1] which have developed over decades, offer an almost inexhaustible richness of points of reference for peace work. Especially concerning the…

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Raising the West Papuan Flag

Last Friday, for the hopes of the Indigenous West Papuan people, its flag, with the Morning Star, was raised at Leichhardt Town Hall, and flew all the weekend. In West Papua this is a dangerous activity, unlike raising the Australian flag or even the Aboriginal one, here in Australia. More than 300 West Papuans were arrested and taken on their…

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Slaughter Occurring Right Now in Afghanistan Hazaras Targetted by Taliban

Media Release, November 13 2018 We condemn in the strongest possible terms the killings of Hazaras in Jaghori, Malistan and Khas Uruzgan. In recent days we have seen Afghan Special forces slaughtered by the Taliban and a massive increase in murders of innocent Hazara civilians”, ERC Director Phil Glendenning said “These districts, bordered by the Taliban controlled areas in southern…

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Five Reasons to Support a Total Ban of Nuclear Weapons Today

The date, September 26, is the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. One year has now passed since the historic adoption of an international treaty which aims to make these weapons illegal. In an article published by Greenpeace International on September 26 this year, Jen Maman provides five reasons as to why these weapons of…

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Pax Christi Australia (NSW) Convenor’s Report

The September Report describes how representatives of human rights groups went to the Philippine Consulate-General Office in Sydney to protest the imminent deportation of Professor Gill Boehringer. The groups represented were Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP), Philippine Australian Union Links (PAUL), Migrante Australia, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), Association to Defend Freedom & Human…

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How Afghanistan’s Peace Movement Is Winning Hearts and Minds

Below is an extract of an article by Roshni Kapur entitled 'How Afghanistan’s Peace Movement Is Winning Hearts and Minds' which was re-published by Truthout on September 22, 2018. The article was first published by Waging Nonviolence on September 13, 2018. In May 2018, a group of seven Afghans in the mostly Taliban controlled province of Helmand set off on a more…

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Why the Catholic Church Should Abolish the Anti-Christian ‘Just War’ Theory

Below is an extract from a reflection on abuse, violence, war, and peacemaking by Mairead Maguire that was written after Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland. It was published in Common Dreams on September 6, 2018. In Ireland, and throughout the world, people are looking for moral and spiritual leadership. Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Ireland on August 25-26 comes at a time when people need hope.…

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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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