Promoting peace in Pakistan

     An effort to promote peace in Pakistan starts at Convent of Jesus and Mary –Lahore through the peace cranes which carry the message of peace, love, friendship, hope, light, laughter, kind deeds and a life time bond with human kind.

     On, 21st September 2017, Matric Section commemorated International Day of Peace to create awareness on the importance of peace in this unrest and demanding world. Through this celebration children learnt to connect with themselves and discovered the power of peace. An angelic choir started off with the hymn “Make me an instrument of your peace” a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi – it is a part of daily routine to start our day. A projection of Peace Art Work and peace building activities were the anchor of this day. A candle was lit by Sr. Mari Puy RJM (Spain) Headmistress, Sr. Clara Hussain, Sr. Samina David along with the students, so the warmth instill in them and light always shine through these bright faces.

Peace and disarmament in UN Vienna

"If you want peace, irt only works with non violence, because violence creates violence again." This 8 minutes video about the work of members of the NGO-committee-on-peace Vienna was produced by its chairman Dr. Klaus Renolder in cooperation with the UN Organization for disarmament and nonproliferation, UNODA Vienna, (United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs) with active participation of six NGOs, among them PAX ROMANA. It was shown at the UNODA Vienna Forum July 2016 "Women Higher Education for Peace".

For the video, click on the image.

A minute for peace

Once again we want to propose to all men and all women of good will “A MINUTE FOR PEACE” to unite our efforts and our prayer for peace, unfortunately broken or threatened in several regions of the world.
It will be held on June 8, 2016 at 1.00 PM (13h) on the occasion of the second anniversary of the historical meeting between Pope Francis and the presidents of Israel and Palestine, held in the Vatican.
Our proposal is that that day t 1.00 PM (13h), each of us can stop for a moment, for a minute, praying according to one’s own tradition.
We can do it alone or in groups, in our home  or at work  or studying, or by a celebration in a place of prayer.
We want to offer everyone the opportunity, this sign, to encourage continuous prayer and commitment for peace and mercy, with a special intention for refugees who suffer every day the consequences of violence.

CoE : Contribution by the Conference of INGOs to the Ministers’ Deputies’ thematic debate

The Committee of Ministers held a thematic debate on “Rising extremism, radicalisation and xenophobia in the fight against terrorism: Building inclusive societies as a cure / The need for collective action” on 15 March 2016.

The Conference of INGOs submitted a written contribution to this debate in answering the following questions :

  • What challenges are facing your NGO in its actions to impede extremism and xenophobia?
  • Inclusion is now the focal point of the political agendas of international bodies, is this an opportunity for your NGO?
  • Have you noticed, for example, that the actions of your NGO have been seen in a more favourable light by national and international donors?

22 INGOs sent their contributions and Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs, submitted them to the Committee of Ministers.

Anna RURKA's report hereafter :

Faith in Challenging Times

      Recently we read in the press that over 1000 Muslim scholars and imams of India have issued a fatwa against the leader, fighters and followers of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State (ISIS). In the fatwa the religious scholars “strongly condemned the actions of the IS”. They censured ISIS of “guilty of committing heinous murders of innocent human beings, clicking images of their horrific misdeeds and showing them to the world through live videos and Internet posts, and at the same time, wrongly claiming these to be "Islamic Acts done lawfully as per the Shariah (Islamic Law)”. The scholars emphatically stated that the IS or ISIS actions were "absolutely inhuman and added that Islam never permits such unlawful acts under any circumstances" (http://www.aninews.in//newsdetail2/story232476/over-1000-indian-islamic-scholars-issue-world-039-s-biggest-fatwa-against-isis.html).

Fight against the speech of hatred

During its winter session, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, aware of:

  • the rise of the racism and the intolerance in Europe,
  • the seriously fatal importance for the democracy and the social cohesion which the speech of hatred takes on and its destructive consequences for the human dignity,
  • the role that the civil society has to play in Europe to fight it,

 decided the creation of a Workgroup on The fight against the speech of hatred.

How, as Christians, this question calls out and how to answer it? How the Church reacts? Our national associations are invited to feed the contribution of Pax Romana to this workgroup.