"The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.'"
- "the birth of Jesus was accompanied by the angels’
song as they proclaimed: 'Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth
peace among men with whom He is pleased!' (Lk 2:14).
message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples,
especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger
than the yearning for peace.
Peace to men and women in the war-torn
land of Syria, where far too much blood has been spilled. Above all in
the city of Aleppo, site of the most awful battles in recent weeks, it
is most urgent that assistance and support be guaranteed to the
exhausted civil populace, with respect for humanitarian law. It is time
for weapons to be still forever, and the international community to
actively seek a negotiated solution, so that civil coexistence can be
restored in the country.
Peace to women and men of the beloved Holy
Land, the land chosen and favoured by God. May Israelis and Palestinians
have the courage and the determination to write a new page of history,
where hate and revenge give way to the will to build together a future
of mutual understanding and harmony. May Iraq, Libya and Yemen – where
their peoples suffer war and the brutality of terrorism – be able once
again to find unity and concord.
Peace to the men and women in various
parts of Africa, especially in Nigeria, where fundamentalist terrorism
exploits even children in order to perpetrate horror and death. Peace in
South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that divisions
may be healed and all people of good will may strive to undertake the
path of development and sharing, preferring the culture of dialogue to
the mindset of conflict.
"Peace to women and men who to this day suffer the consequences of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, where there is urgent need for a common desire to bring relief to the civil population and to put into practice the commitments which have been assumed.
"We implore harmony for the dear people of Colombia, which seeks to embark on a new and courageous path of dialogue and reconciliation. May such courage also motivate the beloved country of Venezuela to undertake the necessary steps to put an end to current tensions, and build together a future of hope for the whole population.
"Peace to all who, in different areas, are enduring sufferings due to constant dangers and persistent injustice. May Myanmar consolidate its efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and, with the assistance of the international community, provide necessary protection and humanitarian assistance to all those who gravely and urgently need it. May the Korean peninsula see the tensions it is experiencing overcome in a renewed spirit of cooperation.
"Peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism, and to those who have sown fear and death into the hearts of so many countries and cities.
"Peace – not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace – to our abandoned and excluded brothers and sisters, to those who suffer hunger and to all the victims of violence. Peace to exiles, migrants and refugees, to all those who in our day are subject to human trafficking. Peace to the peoples who suffer because of the economic ambitions of the few, because of the sheer greed and the idolatry of money, which leads to slavery. Peace to those affected by social and economic unrest, and to those who endure the consequences of earthquakes or other natural catastrophes.
"Peace to the children, on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.
"Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day, in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there the possibility of a more prosperous future for all.
"Dear brothers and sisters,
"'For to us a child is born, to us a son is given': He is the 'Prince of peace'. Let us welcome Him!" (Pope Francis, 12/25/16)
- Urge President-Elect Trump to stay true to his word on pro Life concerns
- "We must work to ensure that Trump holds true to his promise to nominate justices who are religious liberty advocates. We must support those individuals and companies which stand up for religious liberty" (Matthew Archbold, 12/21/16)
- Trump's Words on Life, Conscience, and Religious Freedom (Daily Signal, 12/20/16)
- Click to Email Pa's Congressional Delegation, regarding positions backed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (cf., also see Human Life Action's 12/16/16 email.)
- Action Alert to the Department of Homeland Security: Ensure the well-being of Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew (USCCB)
- Click to Email all of Bucks County's representatives and senators in Harrisburg, re: issues/legislation backed by the Pa Catholic Conference.
- Boycotts and/or other actions from America Needs Fatima and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation