The newsletter of Pax Christi Metro New York

“Kerux” is the Greek word meaning “herald”. As the name of our newsletter, it reminds us that
we are to be heralds of God’s nonviolent love. We welcome letters, articles and reviews.

In addition to our quarterly newsletter, Kerux Live! offers immediate access to current news and feature articles.

You may also wish to check out our online-only current book review.

Rosemarie Pace, director                           Anne Bjornson, editor


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Home is a Human Right

Starting on page 1, you’ll find a report on our Human Rights Day/Holy Innocents event, which focused on home as a human right. We screened three brief documentaries from Brave New Films, which presented stories of Dreamers, the experience of refugees, and the how and why of sanctuary for those subject to ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Along with the videos, we heard two accomplished speakers whose work engages them with the very people the films introduce to us. Our speakers were Sr. Mary Beth Moore, SC, Assistant Coordinator of Centro Corazon de Mariawhich serves the immigrant population on eastern Long Island, and Mario Russell, a lawyer and Director of Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services in the Archdiocese of NY.

Vatican Conference:  “Perspectives for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, and for Integral Disarmament,” Vatican City, November 10-11, 2017

On November 10-11, 2017, several global representatives of Pax Christi International (PCI) had the privilege of attending the Vatican Conference entitled “Perspectives for a “World Free from Nuclear Weapons, and for Integral Disarmament.” The Conference was sponsored by the “Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development,” a newly-created Vatican entity having as its mission the closely-interrelated issues of development, peace, and disarmament.Alongside our article on our Human Rights Day event on page 1, you will find PCI delegate and PCMNY member Mary Yelenick’s report on the Conference.

War Causes Climate Change

In recent months, in the face of multiple “once in five-hundred year” storms, massive forest fires, droughts, and famines, many of us who were previously not that interested in environmental issues are being forced to give climate change a second thought. But what do you do if your real passion is for peace? In 2010, Marian Ronan addressed the PCMNY Fall Assembly, demonstrating the connections between climate change, especially the world water crisis, and war. In the article starting on page 3, she presents another aspect of this link, arguing that not only does climate change cause wars; wars, and the military-industrial complex that underpins wars, are a, and some would argue, the cause of climate change.

Yemen: A Humanitarian Crisis

For most of 2017, Catholic Workers have held a vigil for Yemen at the southern end of Union Square in Manhattan every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. All are encouraged to join them. In this issue of Kerux, turn to page 5 to read just some of the details of the horrific humanitarian crisis in Yemen, especially as it affects children, told by Catholic Worker and vigil organizer Carmen Trotta.

Rohingya History and Myanmar Policy

Why have 624,000 Rohingya Muslims fled their homeland in Myanmar since August 25, 2017? Did they set fire to their own villages, as the Myanmar government has suggested?  Starting on page 6, Adem Carroll offers some basic historical context based on his work with Burma Task Force. It’s an eye-opening and disturbing revelation not readily found in commercial media.


Don’t forget to check out all our upcoming events on p. 8. There’s always a lot happening at PCMNY. And since the list is not complete, periodically be sure to visit our Events page so as not to miss any updates.

The Calendar on p. 9 provides a quick summary of our events and a few more dates for meetings and mailings. You’re always welcome to come, sit in, and help out.

Finally, please remember PCMNY’s Annual Appeal.  Please reflect on the many reasons you value PCMNY, and respond as generously as possible to the 2017-2018 Annual Appeal if you haven’t already done so. THANK YOU!


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