Canberra bishop says God's grace "vital for this dark time"
God's grace is vital for this dark time, said Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power of Canberra and Goulburn as Australian troops prepared to go to war against Iraq.
Bishop Power, who has publicly campaigned for peace, was commenting hours after Prime Minister John Howard announced on Tuesday that Australia would join the United States-led war against Iraq.
"I'm terribly disappointed this day has arrived," Bishop Power said. "There was certainly an air of inevitability about it with all that's gone on in recent days and weeks.
"Now my thought is to pray, especially to pray for the most vulnerable in it all - to pray for the people in Iraq, for the military personnel involved and for the world, that the relationships between countries and cultures will not further deteriorate."
ACT Churches' Council notes Australian participation in pre-emptive war with great sadness
War a matter of last resort (Office of Justice, Ecology and Peace, Diocese of Broome)
A sad day for Australia and for the world community (Office of Justice, Ecology and Peace, Diocese of Broome)
Iraq Statement from Bishops of England and Wales (Zenit)
Franciscan superior calls on members to pray, fast, work for peace (Catholic News Service)
Jesuit magazine "America" denounces Bush' decision for making war (Jesuits-Europe)
Iraq: [Vatican Radio Director] Fr. Borgomeo: War Cannot Be Fought in Name of God or Ours
Vatican warns that those who give up on peace must answer to God (Catholic News Service)
Vatican Cites "Grave Responsibility" of U.S. Ultimatum to Iraq (Zenit)
Editorial: May God protect both sides in war (Catholic Leader)
US churches urge Blair to stop war (The Guardian)
In action without blessing of church - The final countdown (The Australian 20/3/03, payment required)
Clergy and laity diverge on war (AP)
Iraqi Dominican sisters appeal to President Bush (Independent Catholic News)
Peace Activist to Return Government Award (Tony Robertson, Brisbane)
20 Mar 2003