Pax Christi New Mexico to Commemorate Bombing of Hiroshima 65 Years Ago - July 30 and 31

July 23, 2010

Pax Christi New Mexico will hold its annual Hiroshima Commemoration on Friday, July 30 in Santa Fe and Saturday, July 31 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. As this is the 65th year since the bombing, Pax Christi is calling the event: "65 Years is Enough! Retire the Bomb!"

The president of Pax Christi USA and auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Gabino Zavala, will speak on Friday, July 30 at El Museo Cultural, located at 1615 Paseo de Peralta, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Bishop Zavala is a native of Mexico and was made Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in 1994. He has served as a parish priest and seminary professor in Southern California. In 2003, he became the president of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement. Bishop Zavala has spoken around the country against war, nuclear weapons, and empire, and the way of peace and non-violence.

On Saturday, July 31 there will be training about nonviolence at the Santa Maria de la Paz Church, located at 11 College Avenue in Santa Fe, from 9 am to noon. At 2 pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos, the Annual Sackcloth and Ashes Peace Vigil will begin with prayer.

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 30th and July 31st. On July 30th please come hear Bishop Zavala at 7:30 pm at El Museo as he gives the Catholic perspective on nuclear weapons. Bishop Zavala has spoken out numerous times about the evils of nuclear weapons and is knowledgeable on the subject.

"On July 31st we would again ask you to join us in Los Alamos at Ashley Pond at 2pm for our Sack Cloth and Ashes Action. We will supply the sack cloth and ashes so all we need is YOU to join us for 30 minutes of silent meditation to ask for forgiveness of the sin of nuclear weapons, as well as our own violent thoughts, words, and actions.

"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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