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									                                                  Newsletter nr. 197 - June 2010

                                   2010 – 2020 United Nations Decade for Disarmament
                         2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity
                2010 United Nations International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures



In this Issue

Triennial World Assembly ..................................................................................................................... 4

Meetings Preceding the Triennial World Assembly ............................................................................. 4


OBITUARIES ................................................................................................... 5
Gisela Wiese - Former Vice President of Pax Christi Germany .............................................................. 5

Fr. Cyril Halley - Former Chair of Pax Christi Sydney ............................................................................. 5


AMERICAS & CARIBBEAN .............................................................................. 6
Pax Christi Peru ..................................................................................................................................... 6

New Member Organisations in Latin America ...................................................................................... 6

In Solidarity with Fr. Moreno in Honduras ............................................................................................ 7

Letter of support to Fr. Javier Giraldo in Colombia ............................................................................... 7

Protest against the Belomonte Hydro-Electric project in Brazil ........................................................... 7


ASIA & PACIFIC .............................................................................................. 8
China & Taiwan: A Forgotten Conflict? ................................................................................................. 8
Pax Christi International Joins Uyghurs in a Call for Peace and Justice ............................................... 8

Pax Christi Germany issued a background report on Sri Lanka ........................................................... 8

Members of Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand visit West Papua ...................................................... 9

Pax Christi Germany issues a statement on Afghanistan ..................................................................... 9


MIDDLE EAST ............................................................................................... 10
The Kerry Diocese engages itself for the Week for Peace in the Holy Land ....................................... 10

Pax Christi Germany Appeals the German Bundestag to Act on Gaza................................................ 10

Pax Christi Germany Responds to Israeli Criticism .............................................................................. 10

Promoting Justice Tourism for Pilgrims in the Holy Land .................................................................... 11

Kairos Palestine Document ................................................................................................................... 11

Letter of Protest to the Prime Minister of Iraq .................................................................................... 11


EUROPE ......................................................................................................... 12
Pax Christi Italy Resumes the Publication of its Monthly Newsletter ................................................ 12

Bishop Algermissen Signs the “Call for a Prophetic Church” ............................................................. 12

Pax Christi Germany supports Wolfgang Tierse .................................................................................. 13


DISARMAMENT & DEMILITARISATION ........................................................ 13
Pax Christi Flanders Peace Vigil before the NPT Conference .............................................................. 13

Petition to Ban Nuclear Arms sent to the Japanese Government and the United Nations ............... 14

Atlantic Alliance and Europe towards the challenge of (dis)armament ............................................. 14

Support for the Holy See’s Position on Nuclear Disarmament ........................................................... 15

IANSA Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence and the Control Arms Coalition ....................... 15

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Urges Ban on Landmines ...................................................................... 15


EDUCATION AND YOUTH WORK FOR PEACE .............................................. 16
Pax Christi International Youth Seminar on Disarmament for Development ..................................... 16
DEVELOPING PEACE SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY ................................... 17
International Workshop on Peace Spirituality .................................................................................... 17


NETWORKING ............................................................................................... 17
International Catholic Center at UNESCO ........................................................................................... 17


INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR ........................................................................ 17
Triennial World Assembly


The Pax Christi International Triennial World Assembly (TWA) was held in Strasbourg,
France, from the 12th to the 16th of May 2010. The event, hosted by Pax Christi France
and its regional group, Pax Christi Strasbourg, was centred on the theme “There are many
Rooms in the House of Peace”.

Representatives from over 35 Member Organisations across the world gathered together
to discuss key areas of focus for the international movement, and the challenges faced by
the Pax Christi International Global network in carrying out its mission of Peace and
Justice for all.

Discussions were held on key topics of concern, including Climate Change and Climate
Refugees, Migration, Youth Violence, Transitional Justice, Nuclear Disarmament and
Violent Radicalisation. Discussions also took place on the development of a Theology and
Spirituality of Peace.

A summary of the events that took place in Strasbourg entitled, “Another world is
possible” is available in French in Ref: 2010-0318-fr-gl-IS and in English in Ref: 2010-
0318-en-gl-IS. A press article with an African perspective is also available at the following
link: http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=16174

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Meetings Preceding the Triennial World Assembly


Representatives from various Pax Christi Sections attended the Annual General Meeting
on the 11th of May, 2010 in Strasbourg, France. During this meeting, new appointments
to the International co-presidency and the Executive Committee were made.

Marie Dennis(USA) was received her second mandate as International co-president, joined
by Bishop Kevin Dowling(South Africa) who takes over from Msgr. Laurent Monsengwo.

New members of the Pax Christi International Executive Committee were also welcomed at
this meeting: Mustafa Ali (Kenya), Christina Calvo (Argentina), Sr. Filo Hirota (Japan), Anna
Moskwa (Poland), Jan Peters SJ (Netherlands), and Wiltrud Rösch-Metzler (Germany).
A key outcome of this meeting was the acceptance of Pax Christi Peru as a full section of
Pax Christi International. Pax Christi Peru, which began as a local Pax C hristi group, has
the distiction of being the first Pax Christi section in South America.

During an Executive Committee meeting in Strasbourg, two other organisations from Latin
America were officially accepted as new Member Organisations of the Pax Chri sti Global
Network. The press release is available in English in Ref: 2010-0301-en-gl-IS, in French in
Ref: 2010-0301-fr-gl-IS and in Spanish in Ref: 2010-0301-sp-gl-IS.

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OBITUARIES

Gisela Wiese - Former Vice President of Pax Christi Germany


Gisela Wiese, an active member of Pax Christi Germany for over two decades, passed
away recently in Hamburg, Germany. Gisela first began her work with Pax Christi in 1980,
going on to become a prominent member of the Executive Board, as well as the first
female Vice President of the section. Gisela was a victim of the Second World War, and
had a deep solidarity with Jewish people who suffered during the Holocaust in Germany
and elsewhere in Europe. Her life was characterised by Reconciliation and healing of the
past. May she rest in peace.

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Fr. Cyril Halley - Former Chair of Pax Christi Sydney


Fr. Cyril Halley, former chair of Pax Christi in Sydney, passed away peacefully on 18th May
2010. He was an active member of Pax Christi in Australia and a key figure in the Pax
Christi movement, having actively participated in the international meetings in Amman
and Jerusalem in 1999. The funeral took place on 21 st May 2010 at the Columbans. May
he rest in peace.

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AMERICAS & CARIBBEAN

Pax Christi Peru


On 11th May 2010, the Annual General Assembly of Pax Christi International accepted Pax
Christi Peru as a new national section of Pax Christi Internatonal. Pax Christi Peru began
as a Pax Christi group three years ago. Today, they are active at the national level, working
actively in peace activities such as Days of Prayer and Action, living spirituality and
accompanying local communities in various Peruvian dioceses.

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New Member Organisations in Latin America


On 11th May 2010, the Pax Christi International Executive Committee accepted the
following organisations as new members of the Pax Christi International Global Network:

Centro Fray Bartolomé de las Casas – Frayba (México) is a non-governmental organisation
founded by Bishop Samuel Ruiz in Chiapas in the south of México. Frayba regularly
produces reports which denounce human rights abuses in Chiapas, with a focus on
abuses which affect indigenous peoples and their communities. These communities
suffer repression and impunity as they struggle for progressive self-determination in the
continuous armed conflict affecting the region.

Centro Dominicano de Asesoria e Investigacion Legal (CEDAIL - Dominican Republic) was
created by the Dominican Conference of Bishops in 1979 to provide legal assistance,
counselling and education to the poorer sectors of the country. The CEDAIL Pastoral
Human Rights Program includes legal assistance on land tenure, Birth Registration
Programs, Labour Rights, Migration, Gender-Based Violence, and Assistance to prisoners.

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In Solidarity with Fr. Moreno in Honduras


Pax Christi International is deeply concerned over the repeated death threats issued
against a Honduran priest, Father Ismael Moreno, S.I. (Padre Melo), and a reporter from
the Jesuit-run Radio Progreso. Pax Christi International does not take these threats lightly,



especially in the light of the numerous killings in Honduras in the recent past. In a letter
addrerssed to the President of Honduras, the Minister of Public Security and the Human
Rights Public Prosecutor, Pax Christi International expressed these sentiments of concern,
and called upon the authorities in the country to ensure that freedom of expression a nd
the respect of human rights prevail in Honduras.

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Letter of support to Fr. Javier Giraldo in Colombia


On 16th May 2010, the Pax Christi International Executive Committee sent a message of
support to Padre Javier Giraldo SJ, commending him for his work and continued struggle
against human rights violations in Colombia. In the message, Pax Christi International
conveyed its support and solidarity to Padre Giraldo, and also expressed its concern about
the death threats issued against him. The message is available in Spanish in Ref: 2010-
0319-sp-am-HS and in English in Ref: 2010-0319-en-am-HS.

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Protest against the Belomonte Hydro-Electric project in Brazil


On 16th May 2010, the Pax Christi International Executive Committee sent a letter of
concern to the Brazilian President, Lula da Silva, regarding the construction of the
Belomonte hydro-electric dam project at the Xingu River, which will affect the local
communities and the ecology in the area. The letter is available in English in Ref: 2010-
0321-en-am-HS and in Portuguese in 2010-0321-po-am-HS.

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ASIA & PACIFIC

China & Taiwan: A Forgotten Conflict?


On 11 th May 2010, Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles held a study session on “China and
Taiwan: A Forgotten Conflict.” More than 60 years after the Chinese revolution, people are
asking for the normalisation of relations between the two states. Pax Christi Wallonie-
Bruxelles will hold regular open sessions on different aspects of justice and peace issues.
More information is available at the following website: www.paxchristiwb.be

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Pax Christi International Joins Uyghurs in a Call for Peace and Justice


On 29 th and 30th April, 2010, the Pax Christi International Asia-Pacific Desk Officer
attended a forum concerning the protection of rights of the Uyghur people of East
Turkestan (Xinjiang province) of Northwest China. The session was held at the European
Parliament in Brussels, and the list of speakers included Rebiya Kadeer, a spokeswoman
for the Uyghur people, and numerous members of parliament. Some of the key points
discussed were the plight of the Muslim peoples who live in the region and the threat of
cultural hegemony and the neo-colonial ambitions of the leadership in Beijing. The
primary concern for the Uyghur people is to find an international platform where they
could raise awareness about the political and cultural domination which they face in East
Turkestan. As the government of China prevents the Uyghur people from leaving their
province, only members of the community living abroad were able to attend the
conference. More information on the conference and this issue is available at the
following website: http://www.uyghurcongress.org/en/

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Pax Christi Germany issued a background report on Sri Lanka


On 17th May 2010, Pax Christi Germany issued a background report on the post-civil war
in Sri Lanka, which states that reconciliation between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil
minority is still nowhere in sight. According to the report, President Mahinda Rajapakse
has used the last 12 months primarily to consolidate his own power, thus deepening the
split within the nation even further. A copy of the full report is available in German in Ref:
2010-0329-ge-ap-PB

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Members of Pax Christi Aotearoa-New Zealand visit West Papua


Pax Christi International Executive Committee member Kevin McBride and Pax Christi
Aotearoa-New Zealand member Barbara McBride visited the West Papuan region in
Indonesia from 5th to 8th May. The visit was undertaken to monitor and evaluate a
previous project in cooperation with other NGOs which assisted the Mama -mama, an
indigenous people from the region with training in group organisation, advocacy in various
forms, micro-financing, and cooperative action. In consultations with decision-makers in
the community, priorities for further action were suggested, including the need to further
organisational development for a united women‟s movement, the completion of a
guaranteed covered market and a vehicle for transporting women and goods, and the
development of manageable micro-financial systems.

Other activities included a sharing of information about Pax Christi‟s history and current
work, and resolutions were made to deepen links between the parties involved.
Discussions were also held regarding the creation of art and craft exchanges as a way to
promote Mama-mama and Papuan culture overseas. Overall, the visit was an excellent
way to foster links and exchanges with the host communities in West Papua and also an
opportunity to gain a firsthand look at the forms of colonisation and militarisation which
remain the primary threat to peace in the region. A full copy of the report of their trip to
the region is available in English in Ref: 2010-0334-en-ap-HR.

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Pax Christi Germany issues a statement on Afghanistan


The 8th of May 2010 marked the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. Pax Christi
Germany chose this day of remembrance to issue a statement on Afghanistan,
denouncing Germany‟s military commitment in Afghanistan. In the statement, Pax Christi
Germany underlines that the observance of this Memorial Day will degenerate into a mere
ritual commemoration if no genuine efforts are made to withdraw German troops. The
statement is available in German in Ref: 2010-0339-ge-ap-HS.

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MIDDLE EAST


The Kerry Diocese engages itself for the Week for Peace in the Holy La nd


On 19th May 2010 the Kerry Diocesan Justice, Peace & Creation Committee announced
that it will organise several events for the Week for Peace in the Holy land including radio
interviews, a mass for peace and a request to all parishes of the Kerry Diocese to include
a prayer for peace in the Holy Land in their masses on 29th and 30th May. The
announcement is available in English in Ref: 2010-0328-en-me-PS

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Pax Christi Germany Appeals the German Bundestag to Act on Gaza


On 26th April 2010, Pax Christi Germany issued a press release with regard to the
Goldstone report on the Gaza conflict. In this press release, Pax Christi Germany urged
the German Parliament to act upon the European Parliament‟s call to work towards a
common European position regarding the implementation of Goldstone‟s
recommendations. The press release in available in German in Ref: 2010-0282-ge-me-AC.

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Pax Christi Germany Responds to Israeli Criticism


On 28th April 2010, Pax Christi Germany issued a statement in response to Israeli
criticism on its intention to hold a conference on the establishment of a dialogue with
Hamas and Fatah. With this statement Pax Christi Germany reemphasised the need to
include all involved parties in a dialogue. Mutual understanding can only be achieved
through dialogue; a refusal to talk with Hamas can only contribute to a further aggravation
of the conflict. The statement is available in German in Ref: 2010-0290-ge-me-AC

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Promoting Justice Tourism for Pilgrims in the Holy Land


The World Council of Churches organised a meeting to discuss the promotion of Justice
Tourism in the Holy land. While seeing holy sites and ancient structures remains popular
for Christian tourists visiting the Holy land, there is an emerging concern that Christian
tourists have an ethical obligation to engage with the people living there, to become
witnesses to their struggle for freedom, human dignity, equality, justice and peace. Fr.
Paul Lansu of the International Secretariat shared the many experiences of different Pax
Christi sections worldwide, who regularly organise peace pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

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Kairos Palestine Document


On 20 th May 2010, a special meeting was organised by the World Council of Churches in
Geneva to evaluate the Kairos Palestine document entitled “A Moment of Truth.” The
meeting was chaired by Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the WCC. The
meeting was attended by several delegates of international ecumenical organisations
including Fr. Paul Lansu from the Pax Christi International Secretariat, who reported on
the discussions within the different Pax Christi sections. The document is a tool for further
debate about the many unjust realities in Palestine. The document is available in a
number of different languages at the following website: www.kairospalestine.ps

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Letter of Protest to the Prime Minister of Iraq


On 27th May 2010, Pax Christi International issued a letter of protest to the Prime Minister
Al-Maliki of Iraq regarding the surge in violence against Christian minorities in Mosul.
These latest attacks illustrate the dire circumstances that Iraqi Christians have been
forced to live under for several years. Through this open letter, Mr. Al-Maliki was strongly
urged to take the appropriate measures to protect the endangered Christian community in
Mosul and the whole of Iraq. The letter is available in English in Ref: 2010-0352-en-me-HS

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EUROPE

Pax Christi Italy Resumes the Publication of its Monthly Newsletter


Pax Christi Italy will publish the first issue of their monthly Newsletter on the 14 th June,
2010. There will be two versions of the publication – “Pax in rete, Verba volant” will be the
monthly electronic version, while “Pax in Rete, Scripta manent” will be published three
times a year.

In the words of Bishop Giovanni Giudici, the newsletter will be “an instrument of renewed
commitment towards peace and a way to be more present in the public debate with our
Christian community as well as with the civil society at large. It will be a means to know
and to share all that Pax Christi Italy proposes as a movement all over Italy, a
communication tool to understand and create debate within the Pax Christi Italy
movement and develop a shared view of different issues and reinforce the links between
the members of Pax Christi Italy in terms of ideas and knowledge of the reality of present
times.”

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Bishop Algermissen Signs the “Call for a Prophetic Churc h”


On 5th May 2010, Bishop Algermissen, the president of Pax Christi Germany signed an
appeal entitled, “Call for a Prophetic Church”. The signatories of this appeal, including
several bishops, Catholic orders and relief organisations committed themselves to the
promotion of global justice and urge the German Catholic church to take the necessary
steps to further this goal. The appeal is available in German in Ref: 2010-0344-ge-gl-JW

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Pax Christi Germany supports Wolfgang Tierse


On 5th May 2010, Pax Christi Germany issued a statement expressing its support for the
deputy speaker of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Tierse. German prosecutors are currently
considering filing criminal charges against him for his participation in a sit-down blockade
of a Neo-Nazi march on May Day. Christine Hoffman, the Secretary General of Pax Christi
Germany, praised Tierse for his active commitment to freedom and democracy in Germany.
The statement is available in German in Ref: 2010-0343-ge-eu-AC

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DISARMAMENT & DEMILITARISATION


Pax Christi Flanders Peace Vigil before the NPT Conference


Pax Christi Flanders organised a peace vigil in the town of Ieper, in West Flanders, on the
eve of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. The action was part of a world-wide
initiative calling for a world free of Nuclear Weapons. The vigil took place at the main
square in Ieper at 11.54 am, and was linked via video to New York, where the mayor of
Ieper was attending the NPT Review Conference with his colleagues from „Mayors for
Peace‟.

The choice of Ieper as the venue for the Peace Vigil was particularly significant, as this
was where lethal gas was first used during the First World War. Today, the town of Ieper is
a symbol of peace, supporting initiatives of peace and coordinating actions of the Mayors
for Peace initiative for the Flanders region in Belgium.

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Petition to Ban Nuclear Arms sent to the Japanese Government and the United Nations


The Catholic Church in Japan has submitted a petition of 16,000 signatures to the prime
minister of the nation, calling for necessary limitations and an eventual ban on nuclear
arms. Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Goro
Matsuura, who both work with the Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace (JCCJP) of
Osaka, were part of the delegation that personally presented the petition to deputy chief
cabinet secretary Yorihisa Matsuno on 19 th April, 2010. One aim of the petition is to send
a message, via the Japanese government, to the president of the United States,
demanding that nuclear arms arsenals be reduced. The JCCJP is a Member Organisation
in Japan.

To bolster their message, Archbishop Takami said he intends to display the “Bombed
Mary” statue and meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York during the NPT
review conference. The statue is an important artefact, recovered from the ruins of what
is now Urakami Cathedral after the attack on Nagasaki. The Archbishop said that he will
be bringing the statue to New York as a poignant reminder of the need for disarmament .

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Atlantic Alliance and Europe towards the challenge of (dis)armament


The Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Montréal hosted an international
conference on the challenges of Europe and the Atlantic Alliance on 30th April 2010, in
the context of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that began on May 3 rd,
2010. The seminar focused on the challenges for Europe as a political actor and the
Atlantic Alliance towards geopolitical concerns of armament and non-proliferation: the
new START treaty and the Russian-American agenda on disarmament, the Non-
Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the current regional tensions between
(supposed) nuclear states. Stijn Van Bever of the International Secretariat a ttended the
conference. More information is available on the following website: www.polebernheim.net

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Support for the Holy See‟s Position on Nuclear Disarmament


On 17th May 2010, the Pax Christi International Executive Committee sent a letter of
support to H.E. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States for
the position taken by the Holy See at the NPT Review Conference in New York. Pax Christi
International shares the Vatican‟s view that nuclear weapons cannot be morally justified
and that deterrence is driving weapon modernisation programs and impeding genuine
disarmament. The letter is available in English in Ref: 2010-0317-en-gl-SD.

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IANSA Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence and the Control Arms Coalition


The annual Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence was organised by the
International Network on Small Arms (IANSA) from 10 th – 16th May, 2010. This week of
action is used to raise awareness, campaign for better gun laws and push for stronger
regulation of the global arms trade. In 2009, IANSA members in more than 90 countries
highlighted the human cost of small arms proliferation and misuse, and demanded that
governments enact policies that put their citizens' security first. This year IANSA
suggested several themes for the Global Week of Action, a list of which can be found here.
Pax Christi International and several of its Member Organisations are members of IANSA.

IANSA is also restructuring the Control Arms Coalition into thematic and regional working
groups. The thematic working groups will focus on advocacy, campaigning, fundraising
and structure and organisation. The regional groups will be continental, regional or sub-
regional and will be adapted to the participants needs and interests. Pax Christi Member
Organisations interested in participating in these groups should contact Stijn Van Bever at
the Pax Christi International Secretariat.

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Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Urges Ban on Landmines


The Jesuit Refugee Service of Thailand, a Pax Christi Member Organisation, released a
video in May of 2010 discussing their work and calling for a ban on landmines in the
countries of Thailand and Cambodia. Much of their work involves advocating for the
destruction of stockpiles, calling for the clearing of undiscovered remnants, and
educating people in the region about the dangers posed by continued proliferation. The
video is available on the CathNews-Asia website at the following address:
http://www.cathnewsasia.com/?p=14006.

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EDUCATION AND YOUTH WORK FOR PEACE

Pax Christi International Youth Seminar on Disarmament for Development


Pax Christi International organised a youth seminar on Disarmament for Development in
Strasbourg, from 10th – 15th May 2010. On 12 th May 2010, thirty young people from Pax
Christi Member Organisations and affiliates attending the Triennial World Assembly Youth
Seminar presented a statement to Mr. Ulrich Bunjes, the Deputy to the Director of Youth
and Sport - representing the Secretary General's office of the Council of Europe. The
youth sought to advocate for a renewed focus on the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals in advance of September 2010's review summit in New York. The
youth statement also discussed redirecting the military budgets of European countries
toward development objectives. Mr. Bunjes greeted the youth warmly, received their
questions with enthusiasm, and pledged to pass on the statement to the Secretary
General of the Council of Europe and the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Mr.
Thorbjørn Jagland.

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DEVELOPING PEACE SPIRITUALITY AND THEOLOGY

International Workshop on Peace Spirituality


Pax Christi International will organise an international workshop on the theme “There is
no Way to Peace, Peace is the Way” on 9th November 2010 in Antwerp, Belgium. The
workshop is part of the broader project by the movement on developing peace spirituality
and peace theology. For more please email: paul@paxchristi.net

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NETWORKING
International Catholic Center at UNESCO


Colette Petit will represent Pax Christi International at the General Assembly of the Centre
Catholique International de Coopération avec l‟UNESCO on 17 th June 2010 in Paris. For
more information please email: infos@ccic-unesco.org

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INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR

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