Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity…
Peace, however, is not merely a gift to be received: it is also a task to be undertaken. In order to be true peacemakers, we must educate ourselves in compassion, solidarity, working together, fraternity, in being active within the community and concerned to raise awareness about national and international issues and the importance of seeking adequate mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth, the promotion of growth, cooperation for development and conflict resolution. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”, as Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:9).Peace for all is the fruit of justice for all, and no one can shirk this essential task of promoting justice, according to one’s particular areas of competence and responsibility. To the young, who have such a strong attachment to ideals, I extend a particular invitation to be patient and persevering in seeking justice and peace, in cultivating the taste for what is just and true, even when it involves sacrifice and swimming against the tide.Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace Message, 2012
The Peace and International Justice Committee was formed in May 2012. The Committee monitors justice and peace issues around the world, especially in developing countries. It also monitors transnational issues like trade, trafficking, refugees and asylum-seekers. It works in collaboration with Caritas and Pax Christi on issues of mutual interest.
At present, it is researching environmental refugees in the Pacific.
Convenor : Philip Cass
Members: Lyn Smith, Ka Sing Yeung, Benny Jacob, Roland Anyangwe, Cesar Dussan, Paul Robertson
If you have interest, experience or expertise in peace or international justice issues, and are passionate about the work of this committee and helping parishes to become aware of how to respond to these issues, please consider becoming a member of this Committee. Contact us with a few lines about your background in church and community, and any experience in the issues of concern to this Committee.