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                           Silence All Weapons

March 2, 2022

Speaking at the end of the General Audience, Pope Francis invited everyone to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace.

“I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” he said.


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Thomas Berry

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Join us each day at noon for a moment of prayer as we ring our monastery bell to remember all victims of war and envision a world our hearts know is possible. 


Those who wage war forget humanity

In a recent reflection Pope Francis said that “those who wage war forget humanity: they do not start from the people; they do not look at the concrete life of the people, but put partisan interests and power in front of everything.”

“They rely on the diabolic and perverse logic of weapons which is the most distant from the will of God, and they distance themselves from the common people who want peace,” he said.

He noted that, in every conflict, “ordinary people are the real victims who pay for the follies of war with their own skin.”

The Pope added that he thinks especially “of the elderly, of those who are seeking refuge at this time, of mothers fleeing with their children.”

“They are brothers and sisters for whom it is urgent to open humanitarian corridors and who must be welcomed, with an aching heart, for what is happening in Ukraine.”