|“And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.” –Pope Francis’s Easter Homily 2013
Dear Columban Friend,
It is no wonder that Pope Francis spoke in his first Easter Address on the issue of peace. It is so fundamental to ensuring a stable life for all of Creation. God’s people. In places of conflict, it can affect the ability for men and women to work, for children to go to school, for rivers to flow their natural course.
Every day the news reports conflict in our world- from gun violence at home to the threat of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula. As people of faith, we must not give up hope for peace. We are called to be peacemakers and to follow the Prince of Peace on the road to justice. We invite you to read short pieces on the roadblocks to peace as well as the hopeful stories and opportunities to build a peaceful, nuclear free world.
In God’s Peace,
Amy Woolam Echeverria
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Building a Lasting Peace in Korea
By Will Donahue, CCAO Peace and Conflict Resolution Intern
July 27th marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. While the armistice is in effect, the peace is fragile. Read about the challenges to peace and the ways Columbans from Seoul, South Korea to Washington, D.C. are living out Pope Francis’ call for peace in Korea. Read More
A Sense of Hope in the Wake of Tragedy
By Tracy Oberle, CCAO Peace and Conflict Resolution Intern
It has been 68 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Out of disaster, new life emerged. Today Fukushima is recovering from another nuclear disaster following the tsunami and explosion at the Daiishi nuclear facility. Where does the hope lie? Read More
Urge President Obama to Put an End to Nuclear Weapons
On June 19th, President Obama addressed a crowd in Berlin proclaiming, “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not safe.” Yet so far, the U.S. has failed to join other nations at the multilateral negotiations and continues to invest in nuclear weapons capability.
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