Wars Threaten Peaceful Coexistence

"Our right to peaceful coexistence is threatened by wars, and should never be protected by wars.  Moreover, it is hardly possible that a right to peaceful coexistence might be secured by victimising people." Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, 3 July 2014.In a statement for the annual observation of 10 Days for Peace, the Japanese Catholic Bishops say that peaceful coexistence cannot be protected by wars. Read the full statement here.

Which situations in the world do you think the Japanese Bishops were thinking of when they said this? Where do you see these dynamics in your own country or region?

In your own personal life, have you ever tried to achieve your own peace and security by victimising others? What was the outcome?

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