On World Day of Peace, recognizing those who work for nuclear disarmament
In observance of the World Day of Peace January 1, we at Global Sisters Report join in prayer for peace in all regions, for all victims of war and for women religious around the world who dedicate their lives to helping them and to build peace.
Global Sisters Report has carried numerous stories about sisters and columns written by sisters who have been tireless advocates for peace and nuclear disarmament. We invite you to review some of our previous coverage:
• Sr. Megan Rice, a member of the Holy Child Jesus sisters, was released in May 2015 after serving more than two years in prison for trespassing on a Tennessee uranium enrichment facility. In December 2015, GSR had an interview with Rice about her peacemaking work.
• Loretto Sr. Mary Ann McGivern — who has tracked military spending and weapons production in the U.S. for decades and is founder, former director and now board member of the Peace Economy Project — wrote in April that we should not lose sight of the threat of nuclear war.
• Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, a Sister of the Incarnate Word, has researched pockets of tolerance in hostile parts of the Middle East. Melanie Lidman, GSR's Middle East and Africa correspondent, spoke with Kirk in July 2015 about interfaith dialogue and how she marries religion and art.
• Maryknoll Sr. Jean Fallon, who lived in Japan for more than two decades, has co-authored two books on peace and the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is an advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In a recent interview with Global Sisters Report, she recounted how she has taken many women religious to both cities to witness the effects of the attacks. Many times, she said, sisters had to leave the museums and memorials to recover because of the intensity of the experience.
In March, talks are set to begin at the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons with an indefinite time period to complete the negotiations. As a recent NCR editorial said, "As Catholics, we have a long history of outspokenness against nuclear weapons, from Pope Pius XII in 1943 up to the Vatican's latest statement in October that 'the uneasy peace promised by nuclear deterrence is a tragic illusion' and the indefinite possession of nuclear weapons is 'morally wrong.'"
We invite you to also review stories in the Making Peace series, a joint project by the National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report. Look for more stories on peacemaking in 2017.
[Gail DeGeorge is editor of Global Sisters Report. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @GailDeGeorge.]