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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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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