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Pax Christi International urges end to iraq war

The international Catholic peace group Pax Christi has encouraged and endorsed all efforts to bring an end to the "illegal and immoral war" and is "deeply concerned about the emerging humanitarian crisis".

The executive met in Paris at the weekend, at which they determined that immediate provisions must be made to ensure that the victims of the war have access to the basic necessities and support in rebuilding their human dignity.

"On the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Pacem in Terris of Pope John XXIII, the Executive Committee is reminded of that document's emphasis on the importance of an international legal and moral authority for the world, that of the United Nations. We call for a more effective and democratic functioning of the United Nations in order to avert unilateral military responses to violent conflict in the future. We strongly support an active role for the UN in Iraq, both now and in the future, in accordance with international law.

"The Executive Committee is heartened by the opposition to war expressed by church authorities, faith communities and public opinion, noting the opportunity to build and strengthen a global peace movement towards a new moral framework to respond to conflict. Churches and people of all faiths can and should play a constructive role in responsible political participation and conflict resolution to prevent governments from resorting to war."

Started after the Second World War to foster healing and reconciliation in Europe,
Pax Christi International is a non-governmental Catholic peace movement.

expressed its alarm recently over the current situation in Iraq.  Meeting in Paris in executive committee on 30-31 May, Pax Christi International noted the initiatives of its various member organisations in opposing the war and in pursuing peaceful alternatives. The committee issued a statement available here in English and French.

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Statement in this time of War (UCIP, The World Forum of Professionals in the Secular and Religious Media)

32 Apr 2003