Pax Christi New Mexico to Commemorate Bombing of Hiroshima 66 Years Ago

July 22, 2011

Pax Christi New Mexico will hold its annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration with events in Santa Fe and Los Alamos on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Pax Christi New Mexico seeks the abolition of nuclear weapons.

On Friday at 4 pm there will be a Mass for Peace at the Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church, located at 11 College Avenue in Santa Fe. All are invited to attend.

At 7:00 pm there will be a showing of the new anti-nuclear documentary, "The Forgotten Bomb," at El Museo Cultural Center, located at 1615 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. The documentary follows filmmaker Bud Ryan on an epic journey to discover what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed and what the true state of the nuclear threat is today. Following the showing, the filmmakers, Stuart Overbey and Ryan, will answer questions from the audience.

On Saturday, July 30 from 9 to noon there will be a non-violence training at the Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church, located at 11 College Avenue in Santa Fe.

From 2 to 4 pm the Sackcloth and Ashes Prayer Vigil for Peace will be held at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. Pax Christi will supply the sackcloths and ashes. They ask that you join them for 30 minutes of silent meditation to ask for forgiveness of the sin of nuclear weapons, as well as your own violent thoughts, words, and actions.

Pax Christi New Mexico is a region of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, which seeks to promote the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, witnessing and practicing Gospel nonviolence. They work to abolish war, poverty, violence, injustice and nuclear weapons in New Mexico and the world and welcome God's reign of peace on earth.

Bud Ryan, of Pax Christi New Mexico, said, "We in Pax Christi New Mexico ask you to join us for our annual Hiroshima Commemoration on July 29th and July 30th."

He continued, "For me this has been an incredible way to say I'm sorry for being part of the collective violence we in the U.S. perpetrate on others around the world, as well as ourselves. Afterwards we ask you to join us to hear several speakers talk about nuclear weapons and what we can do to work to abolish them. We would hope that for all participants this becomes a lifetime pursuit, rather than just a weekend, to rid the world of nuclear weapons and to get the nine nuclear weapon States to clean up their nuclear mess."

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