One day, when Jesus was marching toward Jerusalem, some of the hated enemy Samaritans denounced him for his nonviolent campaign. The disciples were furious, appalled, filled with moral indignation. They suddenly forgot Jesus' lofty talk: "Love your enemies"; "offer no violent resistance to one who does evil"; "blessed are the peacemakers." They were ready for war, and they had a just cause.
Peace & Justice
Retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick told a conference on peace in the Holy Land that the key to resolving the Syrian conflict is "patient diplomacy."
Pope Francis' recent actions regarding war in Syria have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.
The leader of the main group of the world's Franciscans, who is an American, has called upon the order of priests and brothers to consider praying and fasting for peace in Syria for the "foreseeable future."
The president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land said his Christian counterparts in the region worry that U.S. strikes in Syria would further inflame a situation where many nations ply for influence.
The Wednesday hearings quickly turned colorful when two activists refused to pay their fines and demanded jail time.
NCR Today: Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates wrote to each of the 535 members of Congress, calling for peace.
Pope Francis told members of the G-20 gathered in Russia to set aside self interests and avoid the "senseless massacre now unfolding” in Syria
During his weekly public audience Wednesday, Pope Francis renewed his call for day of prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday.
Two key U.S. bishops wrote to President Barack Obama Wednesday, telling him that a planned U.S. military strike in Syria would be "counterproductive [and] will exacerbate an already deadly situation."
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates, leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference, add their voices to a growing number of Catholic prelates and Christian leaders around the world criticizing the expected U.S. attack.