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“Kerux” is the Greek word meaning “herald”. As the name of our newsletter, it reminds us that
we are to be heralds of God’s nonviolent love. We welcome letters, articles and reviews.
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Praying for Syria, Remembering Iraq
On the 16th of February this year, Pax Christi International issued a Call for Acts of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria between the dates of March 15th and 20th, the fifth anniversary of Syrian civilian-initiated nonviolent demonstrations for basic freedoms and rights in their homeland.In response, Pax Christi Metro New York organized a prayer service for the morning of Saturday, March 19th, coincident with the regrettable 13th anniversary of the war in Iraq. We gathered at the entrance to Bryant Park and prayed, reflected on scripture, sang, and listened to testimonies from three people who have had direct experience in the region. Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasa and Sr. Rosemarie Milazzo, MM told their stories of life in Syria and Iraq working with refugees. After our service, we joined the vigil and procession around the block, in front of the New York Public Library, to commemorate the catastrophic war in Iraq.Please go to p. 1 of Kerux to read more about this moving pairing of events.
Pondering Iraq and Syria
From 2005 to 2012, Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasa lived in Damascus. During that time, they started Iraqi Student Project (iraqistudentproject.org) and involved many helpers there and in the US in finding undergraduate education for young Iraqis who had found refuge in Syria. While they were there, nonviolent protests (still the “Arab Spring”) began. But in March 2011, Gabe writes: “The violent response of the regime in its intensity … fostered the formation of violent opposition which soon eclipsed the ongoing nonviolence.” Gabe and Theresa left Syria, but their Project continues. You can read more from Gabe, including an extensive list of suggested readings on the region, starting on p. 1 of Kerux.
Nonviolence and Just Peace:
Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence
From April 11th to the 13th, approximately 80 experts in global nonviolence gathered for a landmark conference at the Vatican to promote “a new framework that is consistent with Gospel nonviolence.” This new framework rejects Just War Theory and encourages a new encyclical on nonviolence reflective of the teachings of all our popes since St. John XXIII.The conference was sponsored by Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It was affirmed by Pope Francis in a message presented at the beginning of the gathering. The outcome of the conference was An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence. It states in part: “The Time has come for our Church to be a living witness and to invest far greater human and financial resources in promoting a spirituality and practice of active nonviolence and in forming and training our Catholic communities in effective nonviolent practices.” Read more and find links to the full Appeal, Pope Francis’s message, and a report from Joshua J. McElwee in NCR on p. 4 of Kerux.
Pax Christi International Co-President Receives Public Peace Prize
This past January, Pax Christi International’s Co-President, Marie Dennis, was awarded the Public Peace Prize for her “endeavours reuniting a compassionate vision, the art of negotiation and spiritual wisdom and her contribution to intercultural and interreligious dialogues.” Find more about this much deserved honor on p. 5.
Paul Thomas, Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder
Each Spring, PCMNY holds a Peacemaker Award Reception to honor those who help make this world a more peaceful place as inspired by their faith. For the past few years, we have been particularly pleased to include among our honorees high school students who are engaged in peacebuilding. This year’s Maloof Family Young Peacebuilder is Paul Thomas from St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx. We are proud to publish Paul’s winning essay about his peacebuilding efforts on p. 5 of the Spring issue of Kerux. We hope you agree that Paul is a very worthy and promising Peacebuilder.
Also in this Edition:
Interning with Pax Christi Metro New York: Enjoyable, Informative, and Inspiring
This Spring semester, PCMNY has been privileged to host Nia Adams, a graduating senior from Hofstra University, as an office intern. Nia writes about her experience on p. 6.
Other Announcements and Upcoming Events start on page seven.
Finally, please remember PCMNY’s Annual Appeal: Please reflect on the many reasons you value PCMNY, and respond as generously as possible to the 2015-2016 Annual Appeal if you haven’t already done so. THANK YOU!