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The Church of England is facing embarrassment as one of its own priests prepares to pray for peace on the steps of a church building as generals and arms dealers arrive for a major conference.
As I write, the UK Parliament is debating government proposals to send troops to bomb Syria.
Last Tuesday (8 September) I and other members of the London Catholic Worker took part in a ‘No Faith in War’ day of action outside the Excel Centre, London.
The Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair will take place at the Excel Centre in East London between 15-18 September.
Almost 3000 people have signed a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, calling on him to sever Church of England ties with the arms industry.
Three peaceful protesters were today removed by police from Church House in Westminster, London as the building hosted a conference sponsored by arms companies.
Participants in a conference sponsored by arms companies found Christians celebrating Holy Communion on the steps of the Church House Conference Centre this morning.
A coalition of Christian campaigners have called for the Church of England to stop facilitating arms trade events.
Pope Francis last week attacked the “duplicity” of those who profit from the arms trade but “call themselves Christian”.
As I write, it is unclear whether the Conservatives will have an overall majority. If not, I suspect they will try to rule as a minority government, although they may try some sort of deal.
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