Legal experts said the move against Putin, the first leader of a U.N. Security Council permanent member-state to be indicted, would impede his links with 123 countries party to the ICC, and mark a significant step toward holding Russian forces accountable for war crimes.
“We had this idea,” Bill O’Keefe of CRS said, “about creating communities of supporters who could come together, based on faith, and take consequential actions that would really make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people around the world.”
In observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25, churches in the Fergus Falls area — including Our Lady of Victory Parish — are joining together to hold daily prayer services followed by a lunch open to all. On Friday, Jan. 27, Our Lady of Victory hosted the service.
Wars, famine and calamities of every kind can tempt Christians to a paralyzing fear that the world is about to end; what they must do instead is act, even in a small way, to make the world a better place, Pope Francis said Nov. 13, celebrating Mass for the World Day of the Poor.
“Often we picture God like an umpire: crouching down whenever we step up to the plate, waiting to call strikes and outs, watching for the least infraction. But ours is a God of justice and mercy. Not simply the judge with the rulebook and the last word, but also love incarnate.”
When Pope Francis visits Canada July 24-29, Oneida First Nation activist Daisee Francour and her colleagues at the U.S.-based international Indigenous nongovernmental organization Cultural Survival will be paying close attention.