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Pray-Study-Act: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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PRAY: Disarm our hearts
STUDY: Pax Christi International Statement on nuclear disarmament
ACT: Three actions you can take for nuclear disarmament
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Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2014

   

 

"The military doctrine of nuclear deterrence is regarded by a great number of countries as a prime obstacle to meaningful progress on nuclear disarmament. It exists as an elemental part of security force structures that hinder the development of our globalized and interdependent world. Moreover, it is used to justify the modernization of existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons, thus obstructing genuine nuclear disarmament... The logical course of action is clear: urgent and expedited progress leading to a global ban on nuclear weapons to accompany the global ban on other weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons.

 

~Archbishop Francis Chullikat,

Permanent Observer of the Holy See,

in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Treaty's review process this spring

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Last week, in an interview on a radio station in Santa Fe, NM, Pax Christi USA member Bud Ryan made an impassioned plea regarding nuclear disarmament. "We all live with the terror of nuclear weapons hanging over our heads like a Sword of Damocles, and it is important for everyone to read about what could happen and what has happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Many of you have met Bud and seen the movie he co-produced with Stuart Overbey, The Forgotten Bomb.

    Members of Pax Christi USA have always been at the forefront of keeping the memory of what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 before the eyes and conscience of our nation. During these weeks surrounding the anniversaries, we hope that the resources in this PSA e-bulletin can help you in your work for nuclear disarmament this month and throughout the year. 

 

In peace,

 

Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

PRAY: Disarm Our Hearts

by John Dear

God of peace, thank you for calling us to follow the nonviolent Jesus on the road to peace. Help us to become your holy people of Gospel nonviolence. Disarm our hearts that we might be instruments of your disarming love. Make our church a community of Gospel nonviolence that rejects war and radiates your love and peace. Bless us to love one another and our enemies, to reconcile with everyone, to resist injustice and spread the practice of nonviolence. Give us a new world without war, poverty, nuclear weapons, global warming, or violence. Give us your reign of nonviolence, here and now. We ask this in the name of the nonviolent Jesus, our brother and our peace. Amen.

STUDY: It is time to free our world of nuclear weapons - Pax Christi International Statement

On these solemn days, as we remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pax Christi International offers a message of hope.

    In his first World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis spoke of community as the pathway to peace:

 

"The ever-increasing number of interconnections and communications in today's world makes us powerfully aware of the unity and common destiny of the nations. In the dynamics of history, and in the diversity of ethnic groups, societies and cultures, we see the seeds of a vocation to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another. But this vocation is still frequently denied and ignored in a world marked by a globalization of indifference which makes us slowly inured to the suffering of others and closed in on ourselves." 

 

That indifference fuels not only the armed conflicts raging across our globe today, but also an unconscionable and exorbitant commitment by a handful of the most powerful states to maintain and constantly modernize arsenals of nuclear weapons whose destructive potential is vast even compared to the tragic devastation in Japan whose anniversary we mark today.  For that reason, Pope Francis has called for nuclear disarmament as a first step to reverse the nuclear disorder that thwarts humanity's potential for justice and global solidarity...


ACT:  Three actions you can take


1. Host a showing of The Forgotten Bomb during the month of August. Invite friends over and host a showing and discussion of the film and the issues it raises. Consider reaching out to your church, school or community groups for additional showings.

 

Click here for more information on the movie and how to purchase a copy.

 

2. Start making plans now to attend Pax Christi New Mexico's annual Sack Cloth and Ashes Witness at Los Alamos National Laboratory next year, the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in early August. To be kept abreast of preparations for this extraordinary gathering, contact Bud Ryan at  bud@siochainworld.org.

 

3. Please contact your Member of Congress and 2 Senators and tell them that you want to see Los Alamos cleaned up from all the nuclear work that has taken place since 1943 and has devastated the area. This project would create plenty of jobs for at least 20 years. Handwritten notes are the most effective but you also should think about calling their offices as well - its better to write to the local offices rather than D.C. because of the delay of mail to Congress... 

 

Click here to see the rest of this call to action contained in this news article from Bud Ryan from last month.