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The political climate in the USA and around the world can be quite confusing and perhaps frustrating. Our faith challenges us with a call to action, but perhaps we are sometimes stumbled by the the big question of “how?” During the season of Lent 2017 the Newman Center – Holy Spirit Parish hosted a Lenten series around Pope Francis’ message for the 50th World Day of Peace, focusing on active nonviolence and just peace.
There were a series of 5 sessions held on Thursday nights during the season of Lent at the Newman Center:
- March 9 – Introduction & discussion on Pope Francis’ message
- March 16 – Contemplative Nonviolence: Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day
- March 23 – Fr. John Dear on “A Vision of Nonviolence”
- March 30 – Kyle Kajihiro on “Nonviolence Resistance to a Militarized Pacific”
- April 6 – Ha’aheo Guanson of Pacific Justice and Reconciliation on the nonviolence of Ghandi, MLK, and Queen Lili’uokalani. Also, peace through art directed by campus ministry student, Brenda Rodriguez, and community member, Alyce Dodge.
The series was organized by Wally Inglis, member of Newman Center and Pace e Bene, and was open to all people of good-will, faiths or none. It was co-sponsored by Honolulu Friends Meeting (Quakers), United Nations Association – Hawai’i, Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, and Pax Romana – ICMICA.
and University of Hawai’i Art Department for equipment.
Support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
On July 7, 2017, the Holy See (Vatican) exercised its right to vote for the first time as a member of the United Nations. In its first-ever vote on July 7, it took a stand in favor of banning nuclear weapons. The Church’s moral and social teaching on nuclear weapons has been explicitly expressed by every pope since Pius XII. The current pope, Francis, has made 2017 a year in which he would focus on nonviolence. On September 20, the Holy See became the first entity to sign the Treaty, and on the same day delivering the instrument of ratification to the United Nations.
To show your support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, join your voice to Pope Francis’ by signing the petition.
Resources on Catholic Social Teaching and Nuclear Weapons