How many wars are raging in the world right now? How do you think it is that so many human beings, groups and nations come to make this mistake so often?
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?
In 2011 the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan called for nuclear plants to be abolished. Read why here.
Bishop Gerard Hanna has criticised the Australian government’s efforts to resettle in Cambodia those asylum seekers found to be refugees after having been intercepted at sea by Australia and sent to have their claims assessed in Nauru. “If the Australian Government is serious about expanding resettlement opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, negotiations should commence with nations who have the resources to support refugees, such as Singapore, Japan, Korea and New Zealand,” he said. Bishop Hanna is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrants and Refugees.
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Each year the Catholic Church in Japan observes ten days for peace from 6 -15 August. Here is the message for Ten Days of Peace 2012 from the President of the Japanese Catholic Bishops Conference. Please join in by praying for those who died in the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and for peace and nuclear disarmament.