NYC Vigils Held to Support Pope’s Disarmament Call, Nov. 25, 2019

  For Immediate Release

Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

Contact: Bill Ofenloch 212-369-1590

Mary Anne Grady Flores 607-280-8797

NYC –   This weekend, in solidarity with Pope Francis’ historic journey to Japan where he spoke in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the abolition of nuclear weapons, three NYC vigils took place.

Two vigils were held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The Japanese Consulate Vigil took place on Friday. On Saturday night (ET), the Pope gave a public address at the ground-zero site of the U.S. nuclear attack on Nagasaki.

The vigils were organized in NYC partly by Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7) defendants who await sentencing possibly in January and face up to 20 years for their faith-based nonviolent and symbolic disarming of Trident submarine’s nuclear weapons in GA. The KBP7 applaud Pope Francis’ declarations for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Saturday’s vigil. Password: plowshares

Sunday Vigil Video: Anthony Donovan interviewing Martha Hennessy & Carmen Trotta (FB)

Vigil photos:Photos

Democracy Now interviewed Martha Hennessy and Daniel Ellsberg on Monday’s program.

Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base ActionDemocracy Now

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Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Weapons Immoral as Catholic Activists Face Jail For U.S. Nuke Base Action

A portion taken from Pope Francis’ speech in Nagasaki, Sat. night at 10:30 pm ET.

“With deep conviction, I wish once more to declare that the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home. The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possessing of nuclear weapons is immoral, as I already said two years ago. We will be judged on this. Future generations will rise to condemn our failure if we spoke of peace but did not act to bring it about among the peoples of the earth. How can we speak of peace even as we build terrifying new weapons of war? How can we speak about peace even as we justify illegitimate actions by speeches filled with discrimination and hate?

 The Pope’s full statement can be found at the Vatican website. or

Sam Husseini, who attended the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial, writes in his Nov. 22nd CounterPunch article, “In her testimony, Plowshares defendant Clare Grady … tried to explain to the jury the motivation and urgency of the group: US government is using nuclear weapons daily as a gun pointed at the head of the planet.”

In his Nov. 19th New Yorker opinion piece, The Pope and Catholic Radicals Come Together Against Nuclear Weapons Paul Elie said, “The moral obligation of all Catholics is to press for nuclear disarmament,” Bishop McElroy told me, “There are numerous pathways toward this goal: voting, public discourse, peaceful action, and dialogue. The Kings Bay Seven represent a pathway of civil disobedience toward this end, and a personal commitment, of enormous cost, that arises from a desire to witness to the Gospel.” Pope Francis’s anticipated call for the abolition of nuclear weapons will be a similarly dramatic act for the Church, one taken after several decades of reflection and deliberation, involving three Popes and their advisers. It will follow a path set by, among others, the Plowshares radicals.”

Can the Religious Left Take Down Nuclear Weapons? CounterPunch, by Sam Husseini, Nov. 22, 2019

Pope Francis Takes Nuclear-Ban Mission to Japan. Pontiff expected to pursue disarmament and interreligious dialogue on visit to Asia. WSJ By

Francis X. Rocca in Vatican City and
Alastair Gale in Tokyo,

Nov. 20, 2019

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