A Regional Section of  Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi International


Pax Christi USA wants to hear from you! 

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Pax Christi USA would like to invite you to take a brief survey to help us get a snapshot of where our movement is at today. It has been almost twenty years since we have surveyed members of our movement and we would really like to hear from you. The survey should take only a few minutes.

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This link will be available through November 20. If you would prefer a hard copy of the survey, we would be glad to send one to you by regular mail. Just contact the office at 202-635-2741.


Pax Christi USA Seeks Members for Anti-Racism Team (PCART)

Applications open through Nov. 23, 2015

We only need to watch the evening news or peruse today’s headlines to know just how important the work of anti-racism is for our nation right now. For over 15 years, the Pax Christi Anti-Racism Team (PCART) has been committed to seeing the transformation of Pax Christi USA into an anti-racist, multicultural movement for peace and justice. If you’ve ever thought about joining the team, the time is now. PCART continues to lead the work of dismantling racism at all levels of our organization. The team is in critical need of workers to help stop the violence that divides the human family along the lines of the socially-constructed invention of race.
Would you like to be part of this transforming work for peace with justice? If yes, PCART is accepting applications now through November 23, 2015.


Gov. Scott Signs Yet Another Death Warrant

imagesL9WWMS1VLess than 24 hours after the execution of Jerry Correll, Gov. Scott has ordered that Oscar Bolin, Jr be killed on Thursday, January 7 at 6pm ET. This would be the 23rd execution of a well-secured, captive prisoner ordered by Richard Lynn Scott.

It is unconscionable that an execution would be set while awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Florida’s death sentencing scheme.

Even more shocking – a Hillsborough County Judge held an evidentiary hearing last month for Oscar and the judge is expected to rule soon on his request for a new trial.


Contact Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to suspend ALL executions.
Governor Rick Scott:
Phone: (850) 488-7146

The statewide coalition to end executions needs your help now. Please make the work possible by helping with a donation. It takes a team. Click here to make your much-needed gift now.

Sent by:
Mark Elliott
Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty,
P.O. Box 82943
Tampa, FL 33682


Florida Death Row exoneration number 26

FADPDerral Hodgkins has become the 26th Exonerated Florida Death Row survivor. The Florida Supreme Court acquitted him of all charges and he was judged acquitted by a Pasco County Circuit Court Judge and released. He is now on the Death Penalty Information Center’s Innocence List as the 156th person exonerated off our nation’s death rows. Read more here. Florida leads the nation in Death Row exonerations. The jury voted by a margin of only 7-5 in recommending a sentence of death for Hodgkins.
Hurst v Florida argued at the U.S. Supreme Court: There are growing signs that the high court may find Florida’s unique death sentencing scheme unconstitutional. Along with other abnormalities, Florida requires only a simple majority of the jury to recommend a sentence of death. ALL other Florida jury decisions are required to be unanimous, including civil cases. The court is expected to hand down a decision sometime in late spring. Read an analysis here. Derral Hodgkins, like almost all Florida’s 26 exonerated Death Row survivors, did not have a unanimous jury vote for death.
Gallup Poll shows opposition to the death penalty continues to grow:Opposition to the death penalty has grown steadily and almost tripled in the past 20 years, from 13% in 1995 to 37% today.  Support for the death penalty continues its downward trend from a high of 80% in 1994 to 61% today. Much of this is attributed to education and awareness efforts.

Pope Francis Opposes Death Penalty


Pope Francis

“The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.  This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation”.  – September 24, 2015 Address to U.S. Congress.


Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has introduced House Bill 4015 to end Florida’s use of the death penalty


HB 4015 – Death Penalty


Deletes provisions providing for death penalty for capital felonies; deletes associated provisions, including provisions relating to representation in death penalty cases, capital collateral representation, jurors in capital cases, prohibiting imposition of death sentence on defendant with mental retardation, determination of whether to impose sentence of death or life imprisonment for capital felony or capital drug trafficking felony, issuance of warrant of execution, stay of execution of death sentence, proceedings when person under sentence of death appears to be insane, proceedings when person under sentence of death appears to be pregnant, grounds for death warrant, execution of death sentence, prohibition against reduction of death sentence as result of determination that method of execution is unconstitutional, sentencing orders in capital cases, regulation of execution, transfer to state prison for safekeeping before death warrant issued, return of warrant of execution issued by Governor, sentence of death unexecuted for unjustifiable reasons, & return of warrant of execution issued by Supreme Court. Effective Date: July 1, 2016 Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:31 AM


To learn more about this bill, click here.




Take Action!





PCF 2015 Assembly & Action


Called to Act: Campaign Nonviolence

DSC09763 To view all photos by John Stewart, click here.




Please view this eye-opening video ,  Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars and then join Pax Christi Florida members and other peace people around the world in signing the important petition found below calling on  President Obama and General Martin Dempsey, Joint Chief of Staff to stop unmanned drone attacks against suspected terrorists.  We cannot be silent!

SIGN NOW!  To learn more and sign, click here .

PCUSA’s Advent 2015 Resource


This year’s Advent theme is human rights and global restoration and is written by Pax Christi USA’s Teacher of Peace, Rev. John Rausch, glmy and Nelson Araque, Catholic Climate Ambassador.

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Pax Christi USA’s Advent booklet has been one of its best-selling resources since it’s introduction in the mid-Eighties. It is an excellent resource for individual and small group reflection.

The Advent 2015 reflection booklet will be available for pre-orders beginning July 8, 2015 through September 17, 2015. An electronic sample of the booklet will be available at that time.



Prayer – Study – Action E-Newsletters

Latest Pax Christi News – Regional, National, and International


Pax Christi Florida August 2015 Prayer-Study-Action E-Newsletter

PCUSA’s Spring 2015 Issue of The Peace Current

Pax Christi International August 2015 E-Newsletter

For additional Pax Christi and news items of interest, click here.


she moves me

blogging for mother earth


PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi

i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.

Please click here to read Jim’s blog.



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