SPECIAL UPDATES will be available weekly as needed. This update concerns the Gaza Fence Protests.
The work of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns on peace is focused on identifying and eliminating the root causes of violence and conflict with a focus on specific regions, expressions of violence and areas of conflict affecting Maryknollers, and U.S. aggression and national security policy (e.g. war on terrorism and war in Iraq and Afghanistan).The nexus of violence and poverty is clear. Unless we dedicate ourselves to building true human security for all, nations – especially poor ones – will continue to fall victim to an unending cycle of economic, political and social violence.
Members of the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy issued a statement on the latest violence at the Gaza border fence on April 12, 2018.
The Council of the Laity in the Philippines organized its annual “Walk for Life” on February 24 to protest extrajudicial killings and the push to reinstate the death penalty in the country.
Pope Francis designated the First Friday of Lent, February 23, to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
On January 16 the Trump Administration sent a letter to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announcing its decision to withhold $65 million from its scheduled $125 million contribution to the agency’s humanitarian programs.
The following is a reprint of a news release by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on January 30, 2018.
- Churches for Middle East Peace
- CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice
- Gapminder.org: For a fact-based world view
- JustFaith Ministries
- Maryknoll Fr. Gerard Hammond speaks on Korea reconciliation
- Pax Christi International
- Pax Christi USA
- Two million friends for peace in Afghanistan