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Join Florida Bishops in Pledge

to End Death Penalty

The Florida bishops invite all Catholic faithful to join them in their promise to educate, advocate and pray for an end to the use of the death penalty. Administered by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty was initiated at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offices in Washington, D.C., and Florida’s bishops were among the first signatories.

The Church stands in support of people who have been victims of crime and acknowledges the pain and loss they suffer. At the same time, the Church proclaims the human dignity of all people, even those who have done grave harm. As people of faith, we are called to make known the mercy of God in a modern society where the death penalty is not needed to maintain public safety.

“By this pledge campaign it is hoped that American Catholics will join together with people of goodwill to work to end the death penalty in the United States,” explains Bishop Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Click here to learn more and to make your pledge of education, advocacy, and prayer for the end of the death penalty.

Pax Christi USA Statement on Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Turkish Embassy

A group of people peacefully protesting the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey were attacked by members of the Turkish president’s security detail outside the Turkish embassy two days ago. Protesters were kicked and bloodied with 11 injured and nine taken to the hospital. It is with conviction and belief in active nonviolence that … Continue reading Statement on the Recent Attack of Peaceful Protesters Outside Turkish Embassy

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Reality of Nuclear War

There is a false sense of security that exists with having and acquiring nuclear weapons that the US and eight other nuclear weapon-holding countries currently buy in to. Current policy is based on the idea that mutually assured destruction deters nations from ever using these bombs. This is nonsense. Deterrence is a myth, and the risk of insane heads of state being in charge of nuclear arsenals, accidental nuclear war due to incorrect intelligence, or nuclear malfunctions are too deadly to chance.

To read more, click here.


Pax Christ Florida Signs Petition to Halt Immigrant Detention

Pax Christi Florida joined the 100+ organizations that have signed onto a letter urging that DHS Secretary Kelly immediately halt the unnecessary, costly, and inhumane expansion of the detention system and strengthen rather than weaken detention standards.

To read the text of the letter, click here.


 Pax Christi USA Announces a Campaign

to Amplify Nonviolence in the Catholic Church


On, May 9th, the birthdays of Daniel Berrigan and Sophie Scholl, PCUSA announced a campaign to advocate for active nonviolence in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis claimed, “Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation.” (50th World Day of Peace, para. 3).

We want to encourage our bishops to embrace Pope Francis’ call to active nonviolence. We want to support our bishops in their efforts, like Pope Francis, who pledged the assistance of the church in “every effort to build peace through active and creative nonviolence.”

A Call to Prayer, Study, and Action

1)     During the month of May, invite your bishop, using this sample letter to call for a greater commitment to active nonviolence.

2)     We are asking each bishop in the United States of America to affirm active nonviolence as a core Christian principle by:

  1. Sharing and speaking about Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message broadly within their diocese.
  2. Concretely committing to an initiative to increase practices of active nonviolence.

Individual hard copy letters mailed directly to the bishop are more powerful than form letters, emails, or one letter signed by many. ( Let us know you sent a letter by filling out this brief form here   .)

We believe a concerted effort during the month of May will have a positive impact on our bishops and US church. May is traditionally “Mary’s month” and Mary is the “Queen of Peace.”  The bishops themselves will be meeting over the summer, and I invite and urge you to join in this national campaign to amplify active nonviolence in the US Catholic Church.

All of this information can be found at


Immigration Tool Kit


Pax Christi USA received an excellent tool kit from the USCCB’s  Justice for Immigrants Core Group (of which PCUSA is a member).
Please share and implement its suggestions widely in your region.
Please send Pax Christi USA photos of any events or actions you participate in or implement.
For immigration resource, click here.


she moves me

blogging for mother earth


Pax Christi Florida 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.



 Sustainable Living Center of North Florida

A Living Laboratory for Sustainability

A Project of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Inc.

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