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The prospect of true peace is as bewildering and demanding as it is wonderful, says Theodora Hawksley CJ. The same can be said of resurrection, and so the Easter story can speak daringly to us as we seek to understand what peacebuilding really looks like in a divided Britain. ‘Jesus’s greeting, “Peace be with you”, does not mean, “Let bygones be bygones”- so what does it mean? The results of the European elections told us something that we already knew: this country is deeply divided. Pro-...
I arrived with five other recent graduates at St Beuno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre in North Wales, a short taxi ride from the Welsh town of Rhyl. The six of us had been sent to St Beuno’s as part of the induction process for the faith and politics internships offered by Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. After a week of meetings all over central London, the second week was a silent retreat. The contrast on arriving at the centre was palpable.We had all looked forward to this...
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Peace – like love - is not an event, but an action. It is not something that is dropped on us from above, but something that we do, something that we choose.The Gospel teaches us that we are called, each one, to proclaim in word and deed that God’s Kingdom is about being centred in God, caring and compassionate toward others, living the Beatitudes. Then, as Arundhati Roy said: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing....
President Santos and Timochenko at the signing of the peace treaty in Colombia (Xinhau/Jhon Paz)
This Sunday (2 October), the people of Colombia are due to ratify the peace treaty that brings to an end a civil war that has lasted for more than half a century. The treaty was signed on Monday, the eve of the Feast of St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654), the Jesuit who rescued thousands of Africans from slavery in the 17th century and who is commemorated in the church that bears his name in Cartagena de Indias.The signatories at Cartagena on 26 September were the leader of the FARC (the...
This JRS project in Aleppo brings children of different religious backgrounds together: JRS
To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (today), Catholic and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement, calling upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good will to work together in addressing the root causes of forced migration. The faith organisations recognise the Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca as opportunities to stand in solidarity and to call on the international community to share the responsibility...
Pope Francis leads the Angelus over St Peter's Square, Rome
Pope Francis has called on people to open their hearts to people in need as a means to nurture peace. Addressing pilgrims and visitors in St Peter’s Square after Mass in St Peter’s Square yesterday, he renewed his calls for peace and goodwill throughout the world.New Year’s Day is not only the Solemnity of the Mother of God; it is also the World Day of Peace, the theme of which in 2016 is ‘Overcome Indifference and win Peace’. “That peace, which God the Father wants to sow in the world, must be...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic, CNA
Pope Francis is due to meet Muslim leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) today, the final day of his apostolic visit to Africa. He is also scheduled to visit a mosque in the Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui, known as PK5, before concluding his visit with a final Mass.During his visit to the CAR, Pope Francis has called for unity in the country that has been torn by strife between Christians and Muslims, urging its citizens to "avoid the temptation of fear of others".The 78-year-old...
All Night Prayer Vigil for Peace for Iraq and Syria
It is an opportunity for Christians and others to come together in the heart of the west end on a Friday night/ Saturday morning to raise prayers, awareness and funds for those caught up in the worsening situation in the Middle East.  The Vigil, co-ordinated by Antonia Moffatt in conjunction with various Christian congregations in central London, will also be bringing together Middle Eastern Christian communities.  
World day of peace logo
 “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”The International Day of Peace will be observed around the world next Monday 21 September inviting all nations and peoples to a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues of peace.Established in 1981 by the United Nations, the General Assembly has declared this as an annual day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and peoples.The 2015...
Still from Despicable Me
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.The Minions are dominating the box office at the moment, and the film in which we first met them has a lot to teach us about how to be peacemakers, says Megan Barzaq. St Augustine tells us that ‘the children of God are peacemakers’ – how do the children of Gru in Despicable Me help us to make sense of this idea? The word ‘peacemakers’ generally brings to mind images that we are sadly...

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