The newsletter of Pax Christi Metro New York | Editor: Anne Bjornson
“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.

Download the current PDF: Winter 2021


The Politics of Peace, A PCMNY Fall Assembly by Rosemarie Pace Like most everything else this year, Pax Christi Metro New York’s (PCMNY) Fall Assembly was different. Like so many other programs and events, we held it via Zoom which meant people were able to join who might not otherwise have beeen able to do so due to time or distance. In PCMNY’s case, it meant about 40 people were able to gather, and it meant one of our speakers, MJ Park, was able to present without leaving her home in Maryland. In short, it was a blessing.

Our topic this year was The Politics of Peace, a theme that was inspired by the U.S. presidential election and the initiation of a new political party by one of PCMNY’s own, Kirin Taylor. The Party name is the Peace International Political Party. Read more about it starting on page 1.

Nuclear Weapons Banned: 50th Ratification of United Nations Treaty
We are pleased to present the Statement by Pax Christi International on the 50th ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which fulfills the goal and enables it to go into force January 22nd, 2021. Read the full Statement on page 3.

Book Review by Marian Ronan
Read Marian Ronan’s latest book review starting on page 4. It is a recognition of the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that happened this past August. The book, Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World by Lesley M.M Blume, documents how John Hersey, author of Hiroshima written in 1946,  uncovered the details of the effects of the US bombing of Hiroshima and the massive cover-up of that bombingMarian assures us it’s a compelling read both for information and activism.

In Thanksgiving: Remembering Sr. Ardeth Platte in this Season of Peace by Mary T. Yelenick
One of the most strident advocates for nuclear weapons abolition and the passage of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was Sr. Ardeth Platte, O.P. Sr. Ardeth died unexpectedly and peacefully on September 29th just as one more nation ratified the Treaty. Mary Yelenick’s beautiful tribute to Sr. Ardeth begins on page 6. Whether you knew Sr. Ardeth or not, you’ll want to read it to be inspired.

You’ll also find the latest recipients of our Gifts of Peace for whom to pray, announcements, and a calendar of upcoming events, so please read on.

Finally, please look for PCMNY’s 2020-2021 Annual Appeal coming in December.  Please reflect on the many reasons you value PCMNY, and respond as generously as possible. THANK YOU!

Be well. Stay safe.

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