"Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no 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."
~Pope Francis, June 8, 2014
Last week, Pax Christi, USA released a statement calling for peace and an end to the violence in Gaza. You can read the full statement on the Pax Christi USA website and we encourage you to read and share the beautiful prayer posted by Jim Hug, S.J. Here is the begining of the statement:
"As the number of dead and wounded continues to rise in Gaza, Pax Christi USA calls for an immediate cease-fire by all parties in order to open the possibility for negotiations to end the senseless violence and address the underlying causes which fuel the decades-long tragedy in the Middle East."