The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) brings a message of Peace and Good to all on this feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conventual.
FAN issued the following statement to show our support of the UN's efforts to negotiate worldwide nuclear disarmament.
A National Campaign to Amplify Active Nonviolence in the U.S. Catholic Church
Blessed Paul VI, in the first World Day of Peace Message, boldly declared “Peace is the only true direction of human progress.”
Fifty years later, Pope Francis claimed, “Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation.” (50th World Day of Peace, para. 3).
FAN has been privileged to collaborate on promoting the Sultan and the Saint film with UPF. Click here to see what people are saying about the film.
A close to capacity crowd was on hand for the World Premiere of The Sultan and the Saint Docudrama in Washington, D.C.
As followers of Jesus Christ and St. Francis and St. Clare, we know that violence is never the answer.
We are horrified by the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and the fact that someone took advantage of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest to cause chaos and violence.
We are horrified by the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, LA and just outside St. Paul Minnesota.
With the rise of new forms of extremism across the Middle East and North Africa, Christians and Muslims around the world are facing a media narrative that pits both communities against one another. FAN is excited to be partnering with Muslim film production company Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) to bring about a film that will serve as a counter-narrative to inspire Muslims, Christians, and others to take risks for peace and greater understanding.
Over 50 organizations including FAN, signed a recent letter to president Obama offering lists of alternatives to deal with the situation in Iraq.
"While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer," the 53 clergy, theologians and religious sisters and brothers write in the Aug. 27th open letter.
Read a commentary by Vincent DeMarco, executive director of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence on the status of the sale of firearms in his home state of Maryland and why he believes other states should follow.