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USA: Prayers and protests as two more prisoners are executed

Two more men were executed last night by the state of Arkansas: Jack Jones and Marcel Williams.

Pax Christi Little Rock held a vigil outside the Arkansas Governors Mansion. They said in a message: God rest their souls and grant peace to the families of their victims as well as their families.

This was the first double execution on the same day in the US for 17 years. The state's dec...

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Kairos Palestine statement on prisoners' hunger strike

The voice of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is being heard since April 17 when they announced an all-out hunger strike; around 1,500 prisoners have joined in this hunger strike.

The hunger strike is an appeal to humanity in Israel and worldwide to draw attention to the torture, deprivation and human rights violations faced by prisoners in Israeli political prisons.

This stri...

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CPT Reflection: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT organized their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. It just so happened to coincide with my Spring break and I decided to travel halfway around the world, instead of resting fr...

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Catholics urge MPs to make sure poor communities are not an ‘afterthought’ in general election

Dozens of Catholics have met MPs in Parliament to call for the interests of the world’s poorest people to be kept in mind during the general election.

Sixty CAFOD supporters spoke to MPs from different parties at Speaker’s House in Parliament on Monday 24 April. The constituents pressed the politicians on maintaining commitments to supporting people living in poverty through UK ...

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Pax Christi meets EU High Representative's office to raise voice of Palestinians

On 21 April, a delegation of Pax Christi International consisting of Ms. Marie Dennis (Co-President), Mrs. Rania Giacaman Murra (from our member organisation in Bethlehem and an International Board member), and Ms. Alice Kooij Martinez (Senior Advocacy Officer) had a meeting with the EU External Action Service (EEAS), the office of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, to raise the voices ...

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The humanitarian crisis on our doorstep

Children keeping dry under plastic bags

Mike Emberson, from the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking, gave this talk on Good Friday on Deal Pier in Kent on the English coast, just a short sea crossing from the continent, where thousands of refugees including women and unaccompanied children have been forced to fend for themselves.

Around the world millions of people are on the mov...

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London: Brazilian campaigners challenge mining company's expansion plans after catastrophic dam breach

Bento Rodrigues after disaster - Wiki pic

A villager from a community living next to Anglo American’s Minas-Rio iron ore tailings dam in Brazil, has come to London to challenge the company at their AGM over plans to increase dam height by 20 metres. According to a Brazilian court, the company failed to provide the community with mandatory information about the proposed expansion, sparking concern about critical drinking water shortag...

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New call to ban fracking in Scotland

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Quakers in Britain are urging the Scottish Government to ban fracking and unconventional gas and oil extraction. In a response to the government's public consultation, Quakers are calling for bold steps to tackle climate change by supporting renewable, efficient energy instead.

Quakers are motivated by faith to cherish the earth and to speak out against climate injustice that causes huge ...

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Christians show #Mercy2Earth this weekend

Earth seen from Apollo 17 - Wiki image

Catholics around the world will be celebrating the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy this weekend - April 22-23.

The #Mercy2Earth Weekend is being organised by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) to mark the fact Earth Day (April 22) and Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23) are happening on the same weekend.

Tomás Insua, executive director of the GCCM, told Crux news: “th...

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USA: Prayer vigils as Arkansas begins series of executions

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A man who was held in a windowless cell on Death Row for 26 years was executed by lethal injection yesterday - at a prison in the State of Arkansas. Ledel Lee, 51, was convicted of the brutal murder of a 26 year old woman in 1993. He always protested his innocence. His defenders said no forensic evidence linked him to the crime.

In a recent phone interview with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, Le...

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Birmingham: Pax Christi joins Hidden Treasure Taizé event

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Pax Christi is joining the Hidden Treasure Taizé event in Birmingham from 28-31 April 2017.

At a time when violence and rumours of war dominate the news, it is timely that Pax Christi’s workshop at the Hidden Treasure event is 'The scandal of the arms trade and our response as Christians'. This will be offered by Matt Jeziorski from Pax Christi, Sam Walton from Quaker Peace & Social Wi...

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Global campaign on military spending launched

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?

A global coalition of organisations and grass-roots activists are this w...

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Dunkirk: Letter from Seeking Sanctuary

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As we prepare this Easter update we continue to get disturbing news from Dunkirk where the camp was almost entirely destroyed by fire. Many of the residents who were displaced were put up for a few nights in local sports centres but they have now been told to move on - but to where? Some buses were provided but the majority of those involved preferred to push or carry their few possessions away...

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Pax Christi response to US aggression against Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea

Pax Christi Metro New York has issued the following statement in response to the recent US aggression against Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea.

On April 6th 2017, the new US Administration issued missile strikes on an airbase in Syria supposedly in response to a chemical attack by Syria on its own "beautiful children."

We at Pax Christi New York deplore both the use of c...

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