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Life in Christ

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Because of the evils and injustices that all war brings

with it, we must do everything reasonably possible to

avoid it. The Church prays: “From famine, pestilence,

and war, O Lord, deliver us.”

2328

The Church and human reason assert the permanent

validity of the moral law during armed conflicts.

Practices deliberately contrary to the law of nations

and to its universal principles are crimes.

2329

“The arms race is one of the greatest curses on the

human race and the harm it inflicts on the poor is

more than can be endured” (

GS

81 § 3).

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called

sons of God” (

Mt

5:9).