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Peace Sunday Display at Our Lady and English Martyrs

In John Petts’ window in Birmingham, Alabama, his black Jesus shows the two hands of nonviolence: one stopping oppression, the other reaching out in forgiveness and reconciliation.

Welcoming

Pope Francis praises the “creativity, tenacity and spirit of sacrifice of the countless individuals, families and communities around the world who open their doors and hearts to migrants and refugees even where resources are scarce.”

OLEM has pledged support to Cambridge City of Sanctuary as it works to build a culture of hospitality and welcome. See https://cambridge.cityofsanctuary.org for news and events.

Protecting

We have a “duty to recognise and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers in search of asylum and security, and to prevent their exploitation”

Could you join the sponsored sleepout at St Giles church on 28th Jan 2018, in aid of the homeless in Cambridge and Calais, organised by CamCRAG and Wintercomfort? https://camcrag.org.uk/sleepout/

Promoting

We should support “the integral human development of migrants and refugees. Among many possible means of doing so, I would stress the importance of ensuring access to all levels of education for children and young people”

Cambridgeshire Schools of Sanctuary can advise on awareness-raising activities and projects which may lead to assessment and certification as a School of Sanctuary.

Integrating

We must allow “refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them, as part of a process of mutual enrichment and fruitful cooperation in service of the integral human development of the local community.”

Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign works with individuals and organisations within Cambridge to welcome refugees and those seeking asylum. https://www.cambridgerefugees.org/

 

Pax Christi

“ armed conflicts and other forms of organized violence continue to trigger the movement of peoples within national borders and beyond.”

• Peace – based on justice.
• Reconciliation – a process which begins when people try to mend relationships
• Nonviolence – a way of living and making choices that respects others and offers alternatives to violence and war.

This display was prepared by members of Cambridge Justice and Peace Group.

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm  in the Parish Meeting Room to reflect on the issues of the day and plan future activities.   All are welcome to join us

Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one…
Bring healing to our lives
that we may protect the world and
not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
(adapted from Laudato Si, Pope Francis, 2015)

Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4TY, www.paxchristi.org.uk 0208 203 4884

In his World Peace Day message Pope Francis invites us: “In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger”.

He urges us to act, and encourage our leaders to act:

“Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of human trafficking an opportunity to find the peace they seek requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.”