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Archbishop Wester at the UN!

NEW YORK — Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, brought his summons to begin meaningful conversations to achieve full nuclear disarmament to the annual United Nations prayer service.

Addressing U.N. delegates and staff as well as representatives of nongovernmental organizations at the Church of the Holy Family Sept. 12, Wester reiterated his urgent invitation first made in a pastoral letter he issued in January.

The event, coordinated by the Vatican’s permanent observer mission to the U.N., was held on the eve of the opening of the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

As he did in the letter, “Living in the Light of Christ’s Peace: A Conversation Toward Nuclear Disarmament,” the archbishop called for dialogue about the threat nuclear weapons pose to the planet and outlined necessary steps to dismantle the world’s nuclear arsenal in order to uphold the biblical “ideal of right relationships.

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Ambassador of Peace

Pax Christi USA, has named 20 new Ambassadors of Peace, who join 30 previous such ambassadors in being recognized for contributions they have made toward furthering the practice of Gospel nonviolence.

These new ambassadors have been named in celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary, and they will be commissioned during a Mass at the organization’s national conference, which will be held in Washington from Aug.5-7

The 20 new Ambassadors of Peace include our own Fr. Chris Ponnet and Olga Sarabia,

Johnny Zokovitch, Pax Christi’s executive director, stated that this new group of ambassadors represents “what Pope Francis calls for when he talks about people who embody the deepest sense of what it means to have an encounter with both Jesus and the world. These are folks that have taken that call to discipleship really seriously, and they are credible witnesses for just the kind of church that Pope Francis is calling for.”

Fr. Chris Ponnet and Olga Sarabia