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Pax Christi seeks young peace journalists
Pax Christi seeks young peace journalists

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge. Pax Christi International is building up a young peace journalist team from all over the world to report about the lives of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. As part of the team you will organise an interview with a person from these groups in your hometown or area. Full online training will be given. The international team of peace journalists will use their work for awareness raising, influencing policy makers,

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 Yet another trial of peace campaigners despite recent acquittals
Yet another trial of peace campaigners despite recent acquittals

A court in Reading is preparing to try five peace campaigners for taking nonviolent direct action, despite several recent cases in which peace activists have been acquitted after being arrested at similar protests. The campaigners, who are all in their thirties, will be tried by a District Judge at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th January. They blocked an entrance to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire last June and are charged with 'wilful obstruction of the highway'.

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Coventry Cathedral: #Building Bridges Not Walls
Coventry Cathedral: #Building Bridges Not Walls

On Friday, 20th January 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. Dozens of churches, community centres and other public buildings across the UK will be taking part in #BridgesNotWalls events, to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message: 'We will build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world rid of oppression and hatred.' At 12.15pm in Coventry Cathedral a banner drop will celebrate Coventry as a City of Peace and Reconciliation,

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London: Women's March on London
London: Women's March on London

Women of all faiths and none will be gathering in dozens of demonstrations around the world on Saturday, 21 January, to tell the new US administration that 'the politics of fear and division have no place in 2017'. In London, members of Pax Christi, together with representatives from CAFOD and Justice and Peace groups will be assembling at the north east corner of Grosvenor Square, junction of Duke Street & Brook Street, near the American Embassy, under their large feather banner at 11.45am, before processing to Trafalgar Square for the rally.

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North West NJPN E Bulletin
North West NJPN E Bulletin

In a bumper edition for January-February 2017, the latest North West National Justice and Peace Network E Bulletin features harrowing eye-witness accounts of the current situation in Kabul and of the dismantling of the Calais jungle. Other items include home affairs (Poverty Action Week), SVP initiatives, housing and homelessness in the UK, the refugee crisis, the arms trade and mental health issues as well as covering Donald Trump's inauguration in the United States, plus recommended resources and a comprehensive diary of events in the North West.

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 London: South African bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre
London: South African bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre

A South African Anglican bishop is joining international solidarity groups in London on 26 January, to demand that the UK-listed mining firm meets its commitments for victim compensation and improved worker living conditions before 16 August, the fifth anniversary of the police massacre which killed 34 miners in 2012. Rt Rev Dr Johannes Seoka will be taking part in the vigil outside the Lonmin AGM in Haberdashers' Hall, W Smithfield, before he goes into the AGM to question the company and their shareholders over the lack of progress on compensation and improvement of

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Catholic campaigners urge Trump to continue US environmental policies
Catholic campaigners urge Trump to continue US environmental policies

The US-based Catholic Climate Covenant is asking Catholics across North America to sign its petition urging the incoming president to continue the nation's commitments to address climate change. Endorsed by more than a dozen Catholic groups - including the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Franciscan Action Network the petition states: 'As members of the Catholic community in the United States, we are praying that your presidency may be blessed with wisdom and compassion. As you take office, we urge you to demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate

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URGENT Appeal to help refugees sleeping outdoors in France
URGENT Appeal to help refugees sleeping outdoors in France

Since the break up of the 'Jungle' at Calais, many refugees in France have no where to shelter and are being forced to sleep out in the open - while temperatures have gone well below freezing. The charity Care4Calais has two warehouses in Calais which are acting as hubs to get various types of donation to places where they are needed, not solely to areas close to Calais and Dunkirk. This week they have run out of sleeping bags. Demand has been particularly high in Paris, where there are insufficient places in the official shelter and people queue outside all day and night to await entry.

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UK churches prepare for Peace Sunday
UK churches prepare for Peace Sunday

From Abindgon to Altrincham, Southport to Sheffield, orders for Peace Sunday 2017 are rolling in to the Pax Christi office. It seems that parishes across the country are taking up the World Peace Message challenge of Pope Francis "Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace." The theme for 2017, 'Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace', seems to have captured the attention and imagination of individuals, communities and parishes.

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Young Peace Journalist interviews Syrian refugee
Young Peace Journalist interviews Syrian refugee

The following interview was conducted by Ella Holliday. It is the latest entry in the Pax Christi Young Peace Journalists project featuring the stories and voices of refugees. Mohammad is a 22-year-old from Aleppo who arrived in the UK in 2016 having left Syria in 2014. In his conversation with Ella, Mohammad talks about his family and describes what life was like before the war, how he escaped from the war-torn city and is coping now....when the revolution started, everything went too fast really, no one thought anything could go this wrong so fast.

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Syria: Church leaders in Aleppo pray together for peace
Syria: Church leaders in Aleppo pray together for peace

The beginning of 2017 yesterday, the World Day for Peace, was marked in Aleppo with a joint prayer service attended by leaders of all the denominations in the devastated city. Patriarch Mar Ignatios Aphrem II, Primate of the Syrian Orthodox Church, presided over the prayer for peace in Syria at the Syriac Orthodox cathedral dedicated to St Ephrem. Besides Bishops and priests of the Syrian Orthodox Church, the services was also attended by Maronite Bishop Joseph Tobji, Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo and Reverend Ibrahim Nseir, of the Arab Evangelical Church.

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Pax Christi welcomes Pope Francis' message on non-violence
Pax Christi welcomes Pope Francis' message on non-violence

Pax Christi International has welcomed Pope Francis' message for World Peace Day, calling on the Church to invest in non-violent ways of resolving wars and conflicts. The message, entitled 'Non-violence: A style of politics for peace' was published in December to mark the Catholic Church's observance of World Peace Day on 1st January. In the message the Pope notes that violence leads to suffering through forced migrations, environmental destruction, terrorism and organized crime, as well as a deadly cycle of retaliation that ends up benefiting merely a few warlords.

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace
Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace

As a teenager growing up in Derry, I remember being inspired by the witness of the Peace People who brought many ordinary people onto the streets in a call for an end to the terrible violence at that time. The mid-seventies saw some of the most shocking bombings and shootings of "the Troubles". Terrible tit-for-tat sectarian murders were leaving more and more families bereaved and traumatised. It is hard to believe that it is now forty years since Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous stand against all violence.

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Help bring Nazanin home for Christmas
Help bring Nazanin home for Christmas

Campaigners around the country have been appealing for the release of a British charity worker and and young mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in solitary confinement for eight months in Iran without charge. On Monday, carol singers sang outside Downing Street to publicise a petition which has already had nearly 900,000 signatures... At Corpus Christi parish, Brixton Hill children have been taking part in the Amnesty Christmas card project, making cards with messages to send to Nazanin. So far, groups in parishes and schools have sent some 26,000 cards and messages,

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Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in high level meeting at Vatican
Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in high level meeting at Vatican

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative gathered in Rome yesterday and today to reflect on and discuss the Holy Father's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace,' and to strategize about next steps for this critical movement. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative grew out of the landmark April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International, and is focused on affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.

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Send a message to Palestine this Christmas
Send a message to Palestine this Christmas

Once again this Christmas the ecumenical charity Kairos is asking you to send a message of support and solidarity to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. At the end of a year where political turmoil has ruled our world, life is more uncertain than ever in Palestine. Settlements are being built with abandon, with no international reprisal. The demolition of Palestinian homes and buildings has hit unprecedented figures. Gaza continues to decline under blockade, where poverty and instability prevail.

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Prayers for refugees in ruins of Coventry Cathedral
Prayers for refugees in ruins of Coventry Cathedral

Light the Way - the Christian Aid Vigil for Refugees, was held on the steps of Coventry Cathedral ruins on Wednesday evening. The ecumenical event was supported by Pax Christi and CAFOD. The Lampedua Cross was held by each person in turn, to remember all those who have died fleeing from the ravages of war and in solidarity with those who are suffering atrocities now. Everyone received a Lampedusa Cross card and was invited to write a message to refugees.

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Pax Christi welcomes Pope's World Day of Peace Message 2017
Pax Christi welcomes Pope's World Day of Peace Message 2017

In his message 'Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace' for the 50th World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on 1 January, Pope Francis urges people everywhere to practice active nonviolence and notes that the "decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results." In England and Wales the message is celebrated on 15 January with resources produced by Pax Christi. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a global effort to affirm the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church, is heartened by and deeply grateful for the Holy

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Pope's Message for World Day of Peace: violence is no cure for broken world
Pope's Message for World Day of Peace: violence is no cure for broken world

Pope Francis is calling for a renewed culture of nonviolence to inform global politics today, saying military responses to conflicts only breed more violence. The Pope's appeal was released on Monday in the 50th Papal Message for the World Day of Peace, marked on 1st January. Calling on political and religious leaders, on the heads of international institutions, on business and media executives and on all men and women of goodwill to become instruments of reconciliation and adopt nonviolence as a style of politics for peace, Pope Francis said we find ourselves "engaged in a horrifying world war

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J&P Europe  Human Rights Day statement
J&P Europe Human Rights Day statement

We live in a world full of unrests in many areas, be it politics, the economy, society or culture. More and more people feel insecure and are convinced that their concerns are not being taken seriously. Accepting transgressions of some public actors risks opening the door to intolerance or even hate crimes. Unrests produce fears. We must take these fears seriously and listen carefully to those who express them. Fears strengthen the inclination towards populism, racism and intolerance. It is important to analyse and understand the reasons for those fears.

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Human Rights Day statement by Coptic Church leader Bishop Angaelos
Human Rights Day statement by Coptic Church leader Bishop Angaelos

As another year draws to a close and we mark Human Rights Day 2016, the importance of the sanctity of every human life remains challenged in far too many places in our world. This is despite various charters and conventions put in place to safeguard the lives of all. While humanity is seen to be rapidly advancing in many areas we are, as a global community, guilty of neglecting and even forsaking basic God-given rights and freedoms which were bestowed indiscriminately upon all; rights that must continue to underpin our values and choices if we seek to preserve justice, peace and freedom.

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Join call to  'bring 1,000 children home for Christmas'
Join call to 'bring 1,000 children home for Christmas'

The Calais camp has been demolished. Almost 2,000 refugee children are stuck in limbo in France, Citizens UK - which brings together faith and community and faith groups from across the country, are organising an action outside Parliament next Tuesday, 13 December from 6 to 7pm to ask the Home Secretary to bring across at least 600 of the remaining lone exiled children stuck in France to fulfil her target proposed earlier in the year to bring 'half' the Calais children here -- and to do so before Christmas.

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London: Pax Christi Advent Peace Service + readings
London: Pax Christi Advent Peace Service + readings


The annual Pax Christi Advent Peace Service and Fair was held at St Aloysius Church in Euston last night. Coming at the end of a year which has seen an upsurge in conflicts around the world and a huge influx of refugees fleeing warzones, this popular service, with its clear focus on the peacemaking message of Advent, felt particularly poignant. The service was led by Pad Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi UK. The church was specially decorated with focal points for prayer around the church

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Vatican: Nuclear deterrence 'must be replaced' by new global ethic
Vatican: Nuclear deterrence 'must be replaced' by new global ethic

The Vatican on Tuesday said the "logic of fear and mistrust that is epitomized by nuclear deterrence must be replaced with a new global ethic" during a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "The promotion of nuclear security - preventing, detecting and responding to criminal or intentional unauthorized acts involving, or directed at, nuclear material, other radioactive material, associated facilities or associated activities - is of significant importance to the Holy See, said Mgr Antoine Camilleri, Undersecretary for Relations with States.

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JRS saddened by latest death at immigration detention centre
JRS saddened by latest death at immigration detention centre

Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has expressed concern and sadness at the latest death in Colnbrook immigration detention centre near Heathrow. The police launched a murder investigation after a 64-year-old immigration detainee died following a fight there on Thursday.JRS UK runs an outreach service to the two detention centres at Heathrow: Colnbrook and Harmondsworth. A team of religious and lay volunteers visit and accompany detainees offering pastoral support and help.

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