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Palm Sunday peace marches include many first-timers

Many thousands of people took to the streets around the country yesterday to march against the war in Iraq and for world peace.

The Sydney march began with an ecumenical service that included prayers from Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews.

The placid crowd of about 10,000 included retirees Les and Annette Milross, who said that despite being Catholic, they had never marched on Palm Sunday. It took an unjust war to get them on the streets.

"We feel angry that Australia is part of an action that makes us an aggressor in a war. It's a big step backwards for mankind," Mr Milross told The Australian.

Sacred Heart Missionaries Social Justice Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik invoked Palm Sunday as a way to keep the peace movement afloat when it appeared war had triumphed.

"Jesus is cheered as he enters Jerusalem, and then shortly after is betrayed," he said. "Earlier, he looked over Jerusalem and wept over its injustice, violence and complicity with war-making."

"Jesus wept but he did not give up. He took action. Many of us have recently shed tears, felt grief and experienced depression. We take up where he left off."

The Australian

Palm Sunday 2003 March (The Palm Sunday Committee)
Peace rally warns of new era of global conflict (The Age)

Kimberley: Church Personnel critical of Iraq invasion (Diocese of Broome)
Pope leads Palm Sunday Mass with eye on conflicts in Iraq and Middle East (AP)
Protests continue against war (The Australian)

14 Apr 2003