Palestinian children of Bedouin villages in the Negev desert use cameras to document land confiscation and destruction of their villages by the government of Israel. The following article was published in the September-October 2017 issue of NewsNotes.
Alternatives to violence
After violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 left dozens injured and one woman, Heather Heyer, dead, there has been a much needed national discussion on racism, fascism and nonviolence.
This past April marked the one year anniversary of the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome. Gerry Lee, Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, was one of the organizers of the conference and has continued to work with members of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to promote the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.
In a new pastoral statement, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have unequivocally denounced President Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a “reign of terror” among the poor.
Proclaiming the Good News
God is revealed in our brokenness.
God’s mercy defies animosity and rivalry between people.
We are not alone on the journey.
A reflection on the readings for Ash Wednesday, the first in our Lenten Reflection Guide for 2017.
On December 9, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) released the following statement entitled “President-elect Trump Should Repudiate Duterte’s Claims of U.S. Support for His Murderous Drug Policy.”
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, condemned extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and addicts in his Christmas message.