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STATEMENT: Pax Christi USA official statement on the massacre in Charleston, S.C.
Today, many people in the United States continue to grapple with the obscenity of evil delivered by the mass murder on June 17th of nine innocent men and women inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. These were welcoming, faith-filled women and men gathered in a Bible study group who had welcomed a stranger to join them. Yet, once again, overt, racial hatred of African-Americans killed innocent men and women.
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Novena to Blessed Oscar Romero
Don Oscar de Las Americas, you inspired so many people in your torn and suffering country to live the Joy of the Gospel and bring hope and justice to their neighbor. Through the blood of your broken body and your inspiring message, you encouraged so many throughout the Americas and across the world to be agents of justice and peace. As the church prepares to call you blessed and recognize your sacrifice and example of a life steeped in the gospel, may you continue to give us strength and courage to tirelessly serve our sisters and brothers around the world and always, always work to build a “more just and compassionate world”.
Blessed Oscar Romero, pray for us!
Sea Rise Threatens Florida Coast, but No Statewide Plan
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — America’s oldest city is slowly drowning.
St. Augustine’s centuries-old Spanish fortress and other national landmarks sit feet from the encroaching Atlantic, whose waters already flood the city’s narrow, brick-paved streets about 10 times a year — a problem worsening as sea levels rise. The city has long relied on tourism, but visitors to the fortress and Ponce de Leon’s mythical Fountain of Youth might someday have to wear waders at high tide.
“If you want to benefit from the fact we’ve been here for 450 years, you have the responsibility to look forward to the next 450,” said Bill Hamilton, a 63-year-old horticulturist whose family has lived in the city since the 1950s. “Is St. Augustine even going to be here? We owe it to the people coming after us to leave the city in good shape.”
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Florida needs real plan to fight real sea-level rise
(The Palm Beach Post Editorial – May 23, 2015)
The threat to Florida’s coasts from sea-level rise is real. Street flooding in the state’s coastal communities at high tide is real. Salt water incursion in South Florida wellfields is real.
All of this leads to a natural question: Why won’t Gov. Rick Scott take the issue of sea-level rise more seriously?
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Living the Nonviolent Life PCF’s 2015 Retreat
Pax Christi Florida’s resident video guru and Council Member, Jim Rucquoi, has prepared the following video for those members and friends of PCF who were unable to attend this exceptional weekend retreat with Fr. Bob Cushing. Enjoy! To view video, click here.
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Pax Christi Florida June 2015 Prayer-Study-Action E-Newsletter
PCUSA’s Spring 2015 Issue of The Peace Current
Pax Christi International June 2015 E-Newsletter
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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.
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Photos from Pax Christi Events
In right column, you will find photos of Pax Christi Florida’s 2011 Assembly, God, Country, and the Common Good led by Jean Sammon of NETWORK – Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. This event was held October 15 and 16 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. For additional Pax Christi Florida event photos, click here.