Today, Pope Francis Issued the Catholic Church’s First Statement on Nonviolence—Ever by Rev. John Dear

No Violence

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by Rev. John Dear
World Beyond War
December 12, 2016

Today, Pope Francis released the annual World Day of Peace Message for January 1, 2017, called “Nonviolence—A Style of Politics for Peace.” This is the Vatican’s fiftieth World Day of Peace message, but it’s the first statement on nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—in history.

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David Swanson and John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 25, 2016

After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear.

John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico.

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An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind by Rev. John Dear

War is terrorism with a bigger budget

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams, Nov. 28, 2015
January 15, 2016

Millions of Americans believe that war doesn’t work, that war cannot end terrorism because war is terrorism, and that U.S. war-making is breeding a new generation of terrorists around the world. Millions also want the senseless killing to stop and they realize we must begin with ending our own military’s killing sprees. Americans want a new nonviolent response to the violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. We don’t want to keep on inspiring millions of oppressed people to join ISIS or Al Qaeda. We want to stop the killing, make reparations, and start healing our world.

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Joe Hill Was Right. Don’t Just Mourn. Organize! by Rev. John Dear

DC Vigil for Charleston Church Massacre

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams
June 19, 2015

Like millions of others, I’m grieving the death of the nine church folk killed in the unthinkable massacre inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the dead, and the church members, and I offer all my condolences, prayers, blessings and love.

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Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence. Now. by Rev. John Dear

"Nonviolence means not only avoiding external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, you refuse to hate him" Sign (Washington, DC)

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by Rev. John Dear
originally published on Common Dreams
May 14, 2015

The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence.

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Father John Dear: Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace

Weeping Jesus

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days on Apr 1, 2014

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 — “Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace” kicked off the evening of Friday, March 21 with with welcome activities, including a rousing keynote from Catholic peace activist and author Rev. John Dear.

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Father John Dear: Cultivating Peace Within Us and Around Us (must-see)

Who would Jesus Bomb?

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talkingsticktv on Mar 27, 2014

Interview with Father John Dear author of “The Nonviolent Life”.

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Father John Dear: The Nonviolent Life

Who Would Jesus Bomb?

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“The Non-violent Life:

  1. Real non-violence to yourself.
  2. Practice non-violence to all human beings, and all creatures, and all of creation.
  3. Have one foot in the global grassroots movement of non-violence.”

— Father John Dear

talkingsticktv on Mar 22, 2014

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As Obama Admin Preps “Enduring Presence” in Afghanistan, Peace Activists Build Ties to War Victims

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democracynow·Dec 14, 2012

Stop the Wars!

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DemocracyNow.org – While the U.S. military is preparing to extend what is already the nation’s longest war, new ties are emerging between the peace movement here and in Afghanistan. The group “Afghan Peace Volunteers” recently invited international peace activists to help launch a campaign called “2 Million Friends for Peace in Afghanistan,” a nod to the number of Afghans killed in the last four decades of war and occupation. Continue reading

A Peace of the Anarchy: Ammon Hennacy and Other Angelic Troublemakers

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replaced video Jan. 10, 2013

Michael Iafrate·May 12, 2012

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And Your Television Says There’s No Resistance Movement? By Max Obuszewski

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By Max Obuszewski
After Downing Street
Tue, 2007-12-04 00:26

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Year 2007 Resistance Against the War Update

I am of the opinion that there has never been a movement in U.S. history with the number of arrests which have taken place in opposition to the Iraq War. This list of appeals, arrests and legal cases is not all-inclusive. Please send additions, corrections and updates to mobuszewski at verizon.net.

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