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Special Edition                                                            August 2014

   
A NOTE FROM THE ACTING PRESIDENT
Mary
 

Summer Greetings to CLC National members and friends,

In an act of solidarity and in collaboration with the Canadian Jesuits (letter below) General Council invites you to use your voice through social media at a time when suffering in Gaza has once again raised its head.  (link to PDF letter and petition)
Peace+Mary



July 21,2014 

 

Dear Jesuits and Collaborators,

 

 As we all watch in horror and heartbreak the horrendous violence in Palestine and Israel, I wanted to share with you the following statements:

 

Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land. (see link below)

 

See also the statement of Kairos Canada. (see link below)


 
Please consider signing a petition of solidarity with the people of Gaza, being circulated by Canadian Friends of Sabeel (Sabeel is an ecumenical liberation theology centre in Jerusalem) (see link below) 

 

At the invocation for peace in Israel and Palestine, held in the Vatican last month Pope Francis said:

 

"Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare.  It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and not to conflict; yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity."

 

Let us pray for this peacemaking. Let us pray for all the victims of the violence today. Let us pray for a new tomorrow for the people of this land.

 

Thank you.

 

Peace be with you,

 

Anne-Marie Jackson

Provincial Assistant for Social

and International  Ministries

 

Provincial Office
Jesuits in English Canada
43 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto  ON  Canada  M5S 2C3
Tel:  416.962.4500   Fax:  416.962.4501

www.jesuits.ca     cda@jesuits.ca

 


JusticeandPeace
Justice and Peace Commission 
of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land
 

Call for a Courageous Change

 

"A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more" (Jeremiah 31:15).

 

A reality of violence and mourning

 

Israel and Palestine are echoing with the cry of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, loved ones of the young people who have fallen victim to the latest round in the cycle of violence that plagues this land. Some of their faces are well known because the media have covered in detail their lives, interviewing their parents, bringing them alive in our imaginations, whereas others - by far more numerous - are mere statistics, nameless and faceless. The selective coverage, mourning and memory are themselves part of the cycle of violence.

We offer our sincere condolences to all those in mourning, Israelis and Palestinians. We must continue to pray that those that have fallen recently will be the last to die violent deaths in this escalation of hatred and vengeance.

 

read more

 

KairosCanada

Current Violence and Military Action 
in Israel and Palestine

A Statement from Jennifer Henry, Executive Director,   

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

15 July 2014

In response to the violence and military activity in Israel and Palestine, 
KAIROS: Canadian

Ecumenical Justice Initiatives continues to seek a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The escalation of violence will not achieve either peace or security for Israel and Palestine.  Such a peace requires an end to Israel's illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories and related actions such as the blockade of Gaza.

 

read more

 


 
Gaza Under Attack - Message from Canadian Friends of Sabeel

July 18, 2014

 

Most of you share in our sense of revulsion and horror at Israel's manipulation and propaganda disingenuously justifying its vicious assault on Gaza as "defence".   This criticism is also subtly reflected in the statement of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land.  They observed that  "Israel and Palestine are echoing with the cry of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, loved ones of the young people who have fallen victim to the latest round in the cycle of violence that plagues this land. Some of their faces are well known because the media have covered in detail their lives, interviewing their parents, bringing them alive in our imaginations, whereas others - by far more numerous - are mere statistics, nameless and faceless. The selective coverage, mourning and memory are themselves part of the cycle of violence."  They expose the the moral bankruptcy behind their violence.  These acts of cruelty by the State of Israel may be War Crimes under articles 146 and 147 of the IV Geneva Convention, and a manifestation of evil.

 

read more

 
Petition
Gaza - We Stand with You (Petition)
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