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Iran and North Korea: Testing the Moral Fiber of the United States

Catholics for Peace and Justice along with over 650 other catholic leaders, signed on to a statement which will be distributed by Pax Christi International. The opening paragraph is below. The entire letter can be read here.

"Recent threats by President Trump to “totally destroy” North Korea and to repudiate the Iran deal have brought the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe and have intensified global insecurity. Responsible, moral leadership would recognize the Iran deal as an important example of successful diplomacy and conflict transformation that engaged many nations in an arduous, nonviolent process to build trust and avoid military confrontation. Similar honest and respectful, if difficult, diplomatic engagement should mark our approach to North Korea."


Open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine to the World Council of Churches
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. (Isa. 1:17)

As we meet this month in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, we are still suffering from 100 years of injustice and oppression that were inflicted on the Palestinian people beginning with the unjust and unlawful Balfour declaration, intensified through the Nakba and the influx of refugees, followed by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and Gaza and the fragmentation of our people and our land through policies of isolation and confiscation of land, and the building of Jewish-only settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

We are still suffering because of one political declaration from a Western Empire, based on a twisted theological premise. Even some churches and few Christian leaders supported the establishment of the colonial state in our land, and totally ignored – even dehumanized – the nation, our people that had already existed here for centuries and paid the price for atrocities committed in Europe.

Hundred years later with thousands of lives lost, towns and villages razed from the face of the earth – though not our memory –, millions of refugees, thousands of homes demolished and continued incarceration of prisoners, our Nakba goes on.

Hundred years later and there is still no justice in our land! Discrimination and inequality, military occupation and systematic oppression are the rule. Today, we stand in front of an impasse and we have reached a deadlock. Despite all the promises, endless summits, UN resolutions, religious and lay leader’s callings – Palestinians are still yearning for their freedom and independence, and seeking justice and equality. Humanly speaking – we have reached the “moment of impossible”, as Emeritus Latin Patriarch Sabbah said recently. Read the entire open letter here.


PaxChristi Video Nonviolence and Just Peace: Moving Beyond War

View the Video and previous webinar videos here.

*Sponsored by the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative  Affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. A project of Pax Christi International.

Resources on Nonviolence and Just Peace

World Day of Peace 2017 - In August, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has chosen “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace” as the theme for the 2017 World Day of Peace. Read the press statement from Vatican Radio here.  Inspired by both St. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris and his own encyclical Populorum progressio, Pope Paul VI introduced the commemoration of the World Day of Peace in 1967; it is now celebrated every year on 1 January.