USA: Pax Christi USA joins 751 US Catholic leaders challenging Trump on North Korea, Iran


from America magazine

A statement signed by 751 leaders of Catholic organizations, religious orders and justice and peace committees challenges President Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea and his apparent intention to repudiate the Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration.

The president’s threats, according to the statement, “have brought the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe and have intensified global insecurity.” The statement, sent to the White House and to Congress on Oct. 12, urges the president to remain on the path of dialogue with both Iran and North Korea, reminding him, “Pope Francis has called for dialogue with North Korea and a rejection of ‘the narrative of fear…and the rhetoric of hatred.’”

Signatories include representatives from scores of religious orders and congregations, including Pax Christi International member organizations Pax Christi USA, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, plus the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Network, a Catholic political lobby...

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