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"... Americans today possess about 300 million firearms. No one can be under the illusion that limiting their number and use would be enough to impede horrendous massacres ... But it would be much worse if we were to satisfy ourselves with only words. And if the massacres are carried out by people with mental illness or distorted by hate, there is no doubt that they are carried out with arms. Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms ... I’m with them. ... Therefore, it is necessary to repeat tirelessly our calls for disarmament, to oppose the production, trade and smuggling of arms of all types, fueled by dishonourable interests for power of financial gain… Peace is born from the heart, but it will be easier to achieve if we have fewer weapons in hand.” - Vatican Radio, 1/19/2013

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Consider joining us as we honor Attorney General Josh Shapiro, as well as those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence. ...

Keystone Courage Award

May 23, 2017, 5:30pm - May 23, 2017, 7:30pm

Please join us as we honor Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Dorothy Johnson-Speight, and Cindy Warkow at this year's CeaseFirePA Keystone Courage Award. We welcome you to join us for a reception, program & light supper. Business attire. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

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"It is no longer enough for those of us involved in civic leadership and pastoral care to comfort the bereaved and bewildered families of victims of gun violence. It is time to heed the words of Pope Francis and take meaningful and swift action to address violence in our society. We must band together to call for gun-control legislation. We must act in ways that promote the dignity and value of human life and we must do it now."
Archbishop (now Cardinal) Blasé Cupich, Chicago Tribune, 2015
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