At this time, we remember the devastation caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the atomic bombs were dropped, on 6 and 9 August 1945, and we pray that nuclear weapons will be abolished so that they can never be used again. In his message, ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’, Pope Francis asks, ‘How many resources are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of health care’. Pope Francis calls on us to ‘strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another’.
In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi. Their website suggests many ways we can all promote peace in our daily lives. There are activities for families to do at home, including a 15-minute peace liturgy for young children. https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2021/ Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x Cheques payable to: Pax Christi.