Tuesday, June 17, 2014



Pax Christi USA is saddened by the violence which has gripped Iraq in recent days and which has led to further suffering for the people of that nation. The people of Iraq have borne the brunt of violence for far too long and our hearts are broken over the killing and displacement now taking place. We join Pope Francis--and people all over the world--in praying for an end to the violence and for "security and peace and a future of reconciliation and justice where all Iraqis, whatever their religious affiliation, will be able together to build up their country, making a model of coexistence." (Pope Francis, June 16, 2014)


In response to the recent unrest in Iraq and the possibility of the crisis continuing to spread, Pax Christi USA is unequivocal in its assertion that U.S. military intervention will not achieve the peace and stability that the people of Iraq deserve. A military solution--whether it include air strikes or ground troops or an increase in the flow of weapons into Iraq--will only serve to increase the suffering of the Iraqi people, not alleviate it. Furthermore, military intervention increases the risk of widening the conflict in the region...


To read the entire statement, click here.


We welcome your comments on the statement and the unfolding situation in Iraq. Please consider posting a comment on the website on the statement page or joining in the conversation and sharing additional resources for prayer, study and action on our Facebook page or at Twitter


For more information on the crisis in Iraq, including yesterday's action alert on three things you can do to stop military intervention, click here to read our new resource page on Iraq.

In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA