Annual Justice and Peace Memorial Lecture

The Archdiocese of Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission’s Annual Memorial Lecture will take place this coming Sunday, 19 January, the World Day of Prayer for Peace.  The Lecture begins at 2.00 pm at the Liverpool Archdiocesan Centre for Evangelisation, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 1AA.
 
‘And what did we learn?  The challenge to peace makers commemorating World War One’ will be the title of the lecture and the Speaker will be Pat Gaffney, the General Secretary of Pax Christi UK.
 
Pax Christi is a Christian organisation founded by Marthe Dortel-Claudot, a teacher in the south of France, after the end of the Second World War.  Its core values are: peace based on justice in communities where people are valued and human rights are respected; reconciliation of broken relationships in times of dispute and non-violence even when relationships have broken down.
 
The Memorial Lecture is the first in the series of events that the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission have planned to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.  The peace movement in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe is concerned that the centenary will lead to celebrations of battles and of national pride rather than commemorations of wasted lives and of national mistakes.
 
Pat Gaffney is the long standing secretary of Pax Christi UK and has worked in pursuit of peace throughout her life, even being nominated for a Nobel peace prize.  She will look at opportunities for peacemaking today that may move away from cycles of conflict, war and violence.
 
She will reflect on the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Peace which reminds us that the family is where peace is first learned and practised and that the challenge for people of faith is to treat the whole world as family.