Monthly Archives: April 2011

Commission Continues Good Friday Death Penalty Vigil

Monday 11 April 2011

For the fourth year, Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will hold a Good Friday prayer vigil for those on death row at Christ the King Catholic Church, Churchill Street, Graceville.

The vigil, which will be held at noon, will be an opportunity for Christians to offer prayer support for all those facing execution around the world, for their families and for all victims of crime.

While prayers will be offered for all on death row around the world, special focus will be given to the three Australians on death row in Bali, Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and Scott Rush, whose family is a part of the parish where the vigil will be held.

Prayers will also be offered for the Nigerian man, Titus Ani, who shares a cell with the Australians and for whom the Corinda-Graceville Parish provides special support.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the three Australians in Bali have been waiting for a long time for the outcome of their final appeals to the Indonesian Supreme Court.

“All three men lodged their appeals soon after the middle of last year and there is still no word on a decision,” Mr Arndt said.

“This is a very difficult time for these men who are detained in overcrowded conditions in Bali,” he said.

“It is also a time of immense anguish and pain for their parents and families,” he said.

“As we remember Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, we remember all those who suffer in our world today,” he said.

“God’s love brought to birth new life out of Jesus’ death,” he said.

“We pray in great hope that God’s love will also end the pain and suffering of those on death row and of all those who love them,” he said.

All are welcome to join the vigil.

For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.

NB  This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Mandate which enables it to speak in its own right.  The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Commission Promotes Action to Cut Military Spending

Friday 8 April 2011

Commission Promotes Action to Cut Military Spending

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has encouraged Catholics to participate in action to challenge the growth of military expenditure in Australia and the world.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the continuing growth of spending on arms and sophisticated weapons systems is a threat to peace.

“Pope Benedict has pointed out on several occasions that growing investment in arms comes at the expense of desperately needed action on human development,” Mr Arndt said.

“While billions of dollars are spent on weapons, millions of people around the world are deprived of investment in programs which will end their poverty and disadvantage,” he said.

“Over 1500 billion dollars is spent every year on weapons of war worldwide while millions of children go hungry or die before they turn five,” he said.

Church teaching clearly reminds us that the promotion of peace is an integral part of our mission to continue Christ’s work of redemption and liberation in the world,” he said.

The Justice and Peace Commission has endorsed activities in Brisbane as part of a Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Tuesday 12 April.

Various peace groups will gather in King George Square on the day to make a public appeal for a reduction in Australia’s military spending.

Citizens will also be asked to write letters to the Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, calling for reduced military expenditure.

The Commission has also produced an information sheeet which provides some facts and figures about military spending, references to scripture and Church teaching and suggestions for action.

“The Church’s social teaching promotes ‘the goal of general, balanced and controlled disarmament’” Mr Arndt said.

“We must remind our leaders that the rapid growth in arms expenditure is a grave threat to peace in our world and encourage them to take action to cultivate peace and human development instead,” he said.

For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.

NB This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Mandate which enables it to speak in its own right. The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.