Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Wounded

Struggling Back From War's Once-Deadly Wounds, New York Times
"It has taken hundreds of hours of therapy, but Jason Poole, a 23-year old Marine corporal, has learned all over again to speak and to walk. At times, though, words still elude him. He can read barely 16 words a minute. His memory can be fickle, his thinking delayed. Injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, he is blind in his left eye, deaf in his left ear, weak on his right side and still getting used to his new face, which was rebuilt with skin and bone grafts and 75 to 100 titanium screws and plates...
Survivors are coming home with grave injuries, often from roadside bombs, that will transform their lives: combinations of damaged brains and spinal cords, vision and hearing loss, disfigured faces, burns, amputations, mangled limbs, and psychological ills like depression and post-traumatic stress."

Deus Caritas Est: Benedict XVI's First Encyclical

Benedict XVI's first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, war just released today, January 25th. His message reflects on the concepts of eros (sexual love), agape (unconditional love), logos (the word), and their relationship with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

You can find the encyclical on our website in two parts:

Part I

Part II

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Top News Items

Bishops Urge U.S. to Transition Out of Iraq

Declaring that the United States was at a crossroads in Iraq, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday the time had come to withdraw U.S. troops as fast as responsibly possible and to hand control of the country to Iraqis...

Pakistan Demands U.S. Apology

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan's ruling party on Monday demanded an apology for an alleged CIA airstrike that killed at least 17 people, but the country's prime minister said his trip to the United States this week would go ahead as planned...

Dr. King, Youth, and War

This Friday, January 20th, join us at the Chicory Cafe (corner of Michigan and Jefferson, downtown South Bend), from 8-11 PM for Dr. King, Youth, and War: a coffeehouse. Come listen to a former military recruiter tell his story, get a first-hand account from a soldier who was in Iraq,  hear MLK speech excerpts on war, and enjoy great music, coffee and food.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

MLK Jr.: A Time to Break Silence

On Monday January 16th please join the CPF in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The celebration is being presented by the Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Committee All day exhibits and events until 10:00pm

Contact 574-280-7092 for more info

Here's an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech protesting the Vietnam War (April 4, 1967)

For those who ask the question, "Aren't you a civil rights leader?" and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we chose as our motto: "To save the soul of America." We were convinced that we could not limit our vision to certain rights for black people, but instead affirmed the conviction that America would never be free or saved from itself until the descendants of its slaves were loosed completely from the shackles they still wear....

Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.

The entire speech, plus a recording can be found at

A Little Taste of Peace

The South Bend Human Rights Commission invites you to attend “A Little Taste of Peace” in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Saturday, January 15 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Temple Beth-El at 305 W. Madison Street. Please bring a dessert to share and participate in a conversation on how we can build Dr. King’s dream of the beloved community. People from all racial, cultural and religious backgrounds are welcome to come and share their ideas and experiences. Please RSVP to Danya at the South Bend Human Rights Commission at 235-9355. The event is sponsored by the South Bend Human Rights Commission, United Religious Community (URC), the CommUnity Religious Effort (CURE) and the Center for Women’s InterCultural Leadership (CWIL) Saint Mary’s College.

Up and Running

Thanks for checking out the Catholic Peace Fellowship's new blog!

We've decided to expand out into the blogosphere, which will give us a place to keep you informed on the issues confronting the Peace movement, as well as a place for you to post YOUR comments and questions for others to see. Our hope is that this blog can act as a meeting place for all of you who support peace and reconciliation as opposed to war.

So please add us to your bookmarks and check back daily. Every day we must do something to further the waging of peace. This site will help you stay informed.

In Peace,

The CPF Staff

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Welcome to the CPF Blog

Dear CPF Friends,
This Blog will be used to bring news stories of interest to you, and our occasional comment on them. So from now on, instead of checking our "Newsroom" to find relevant news, you can just check out our new blog - a much easier way for us to keep you up to date.
In Peace,
CPF Staff