Message from Pax Christi

 As a movement committed to nonviolence and reconciliation, Pax Christi is deeply saddened by the tragic events which took place in the United States on Tuesday, adding to the global death-toll caused by injustice and violence. Violence is no solution to violence. We therefore urge our Government and the world community to seek restraint and search for a just, lasting and peaceful response to this latest outbreak of violence. As people of faith we believe that "Integrity will bring peace, justice give everlasting security" (Isaiah 32:17) We are in solidarity with our colleagues in Pax Christi USA who have stated " We call our sisters and brothers to summon the strength to resist the impulse to vengeance. We must resist the urge to demonise and dehumanise any ethnic group as "enemy". We must find the courage to break the spiral of violence that so many in our nation, we fear, will be quick to embrace". We affirm our oneness with all faith groups who are urging local and national communities to work for healing, peacemaking justice and reconciliation. Pax Christi, with the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, organised a vigil of prayer for peace on the steps of St Martin in the Fields, London last night. With other peace groups, Pax Christi has written to Tony Blair, urging that the governments of the United Kingdom and United States use calm and restraint at this time and not retaliate indiscriminately or with further violence.

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