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Open Letter to Pope Francis From Political and Social Leaders: Support Call for Immediate Peace Negotiations

Open Letter to Pope Francis From Political and Social Leaders: Support Call for Immediate Peace Negotiations

December 20, 2022

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Your Holiness,

Greetings from the grouping of Political and Social Leaders of the World to Stop the Danger of Nuclear War, initiated by the Schiller Institute in Germany.

We have met on three occasions to discuss the impending danger of nuclear war and global Armageddon resulting from the war between Ukraine and Russia, with a view to taking whatever action necessary to stop the war and to bring peace. On 17 November 2022, our group issued a Declaration to Stop the Threat of Nuclear War, signed by legislators and former legislators from Latin America, the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa.

In that declaration, we highlighted Your Holiness’s call for a negotiated, peaceful solution. We further welcome Your Holiness’s offer of the Vatican as a possible neutral ground for peace talks – without any preconditions – between Russia and Ukraine. Our group wishes to support this initiative in any way we can, including gathering together all who wish for peace and the prevention of nuclear war.

We note that others in Europe and the United States have also offered venues for the Russian and Ukrainian leadership to negotiate peace. We believe it is urgent to unify all such efforts into a globe-spanning movement to bring resolution to this conflict, taking into consideration the valid security interests of all parties.

In that spirit, we hereby sign this letter to indicate that support, and call on other political and social leaders around the world, regardless of differences in ideology or religious faith, to add their signatures as well.

We intend to convene a Fourth Seminar of Political and Social Leaders of the World to Stop the Danger of Nuclear War in early 2023 to further this push for peace and to stop the danger of nuclear war, and we extend an invitation to a representative from the Vatican to attend.

INITIATING SIGNERS
Donald RamotarGuyanaFormer President
Dr. Kirk MeighooTrinidad & TobagoFormer Senator
Helga Zepp-LaRoucheGermanyFounder, Schiller Institute
Diane SareUnited StatesCandidate for U.S. Senate from New York State
Karl KroekelGermanyFounder, “Craftsmen for Peace”
Dr. Rodolfo Ondarza RoviraMexicoFormer member, Mexico City Legislative Assembly
Nick BranaUnited StatesChair, People’s Party
Maria de los Ángeles HuertaMexicoFormer Congresswoman
ADDITIONAL SIGNERS
Tse Anye KevinAfricaVice President, State55, Afrika
Dr. Smaine DjellaAlgeriaPh.D. in International Studies; Assistant Professor, University of Algeria; researcher, translator
Enrique Juan BoxArgentinaSocial communicator
Roberto FritzscheArgentinaProfessor, Dep’t of Economic Science, University of Belgrano
Rubén Darío GuzzettiArgentinaProfessor, Argentine Institute of Geopolitical Studies
Carlos Pérez GalinoArgentinaLawyer
Juan Francisco Numa SotoArgentinaLegal counsel to Yacyretá Binational Entity; former professor of Constitutional Law, University of Buenos Aires
Gustavo RussoArgentinaLawyer; Professor of Juridical Sciences
Clive EttiaAustraliaPremium Science Trade
Erich FankhauserAustriaInternational Associate, Peace through Culture Association
Christian DierickBelgiumEngineer, International Science and Technology Collaboration
Clinton Canul LunaBelizeColumnist, Amandola newspaper
Edwin de la Fuente JeriaBoliviaFormer Commander in Chief, Bolivian Armed Forces
Osman Vladimir Escobar TorrezBoliviaHuman Rights Secretary, Bolivian Labor Confederation (COB)
Max Yecid IbáñezBoliviaFormer Secretary of Grievance Resolution, National Federation of Electrical and Telephone Workers of Bolivia
Jairo Dias CarvalhoBrazilProfessor of Philosophy of Technology, Federal University of Uberlândia
Lucas Leiroz de AlmeidaBrazilJournalist; Researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.
Raphael MachadoBrazilPolitical analyst; president, Nova Resistência
Paulo Augusto PinhoBrazilPresident, Association of Petrobras Engineers (AEPET)
Gabriel Tincani RamosBrazilPresident, Campinas chapter, Socialist Youth Union
Renata Welinski Da Silva SeabraBrazilFormer UNDP Executive Director, UN Global Compact Brazil; Ph.D. candidate in international environmental law – Belt and Road Initiative
Lassane OuedraogoBurkina Faso/IrelandFormer Chairman, Board of Directors, Africa Solidarity Center, Ireland
Julian Fell, Ph.D.CanadaBiolgist; Co-Director Area F, Nanaimo Regional Government, British Columbia
Sherri LangeCanadaCEO, NA-PAW (North American Platform Against Wind Power); Vice President Canada, Save the Eagles International
Enrique García DubónCosta RicaEconomist
Enrique Ramírez GuierCosta RicaBiologist; consultant
Alex KrainerCroatiaAuthor, “Grand Deception: The Truth about Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and Anti-Russian Sanctions”
Gregory CaimaresDominican RepublicCommunicator, “Hora 22” TV program
Ramón Emilio ConcepciónDominican RepublicAttorney at Law; Presidential Pre-candidate for PRM party (2020)
Dr. Roque EspaillatDominican RepublicPhysician, social activist
Dante Ortiz NuñezDominican RepublicHistorian
Msgr. Norberto Polanco PérezDominican RepublicMissionary Archbishop, Fidelitas Vetero-Catholic Apostolic Church
Rafael Reyes JerezDominican RepublicJournalist
Eddy Rafael Ruiz PeñaDominican RepublicCertified Public Accountant
Enrique Antonio Sánchez LiranzoDominican RepublicLawyer, writer, poet
Mario BritoEcuadorJournalist, author; former minister
Ernesto Pazmiño GranizoEcuadorHuman Rights Defender; Former Minister of Justice of Ecuador
Alexis PonceEcuadorRights advocate, National Association of Patients and Vulnerable Families of Ecuador.
Napoleón Saltos GalarzaEcuadorUniveristy professor; former Legislator (Diputado)
Jacques CheminadeFrancePresident, Solidarite et Progrès; former presidential candidate
Col. Alain Corvez (ret.)FranceConsultant, International Strategic Affairs
Gen. Dominique Delawarde (ret.)FranceFormer French Liaison Officer with U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
Uwe BehrensGermanyLogistics expert, author
Dr. jur. Wolfgang BittnerGermanyAuthor
Joachim BonatzGermanyVice President, East German Board of Trustees of Associations (Ostdeutschen Kuratoriums e.V.), Berlin
Dr. Ole DoeringGermany/ChinaProfessor of Philosophy, Culture and Ethics
Jochen GuenikerGermanySpokesman, parish team of St. Aegidius, Mannheim-Seckenheim
Holger HuettelGermanyChairman, Die Linke, Sangerhausen
Prof. Dr. Karin KulowGermanyProfesssor Emeritus of Middle East Political Sciences; conflict researcher, peace activist
Fokko MuenckGermanyPsychologist; peace researcher
Maj. Florian D. Pfaff (ret.)GermanySpokesman, working group “Darmstaedter Signal”
Rainer SandauGermanyTechnical Director, Satellites and Space Applications, International Academy of Aeronautics (IAA)
Prof. Wilfried SchreiberGermanyOberst a.d., Prof Dr. Phil et sc.oec.; Senior Research Fellow, World Trends Institute for Internationl Policy, Potsdam
Michael von der SchulenburgGermanyFormer Deputy General Secretary of the United Nations for UN Peace Missions
Bartholomew ChirapangaGhanaLegal advisor; language interpreter
Dr. Panagiotis IoannidesGreeceMember, International Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Athens
Leonidas ChrysanthopoulosGreeceAmbassador ad honorem; Secretary General, Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (2006-2010)
Raúl Aníbal Marroquín CasasolaGuatemala“Pupil of Heaven” Citizens for Peace Observatory
Beatriz Solórzano LeónGuatemalaLawyer; Parliamentary staff, Congress of Guatemala
Otto René Quiñónes CaríasGuatemalaFormer Congressman
Jhonny EstorHaitiFounder, Renaissance Haiti
Andrea SzegoHungaryFormer Professor of Economics
Koushik DasIndiaJournalist
Dr. A. K. MerchantIndiaJoint Secretary, Shanti Sahyog – Centre for Nonviolence & Peace
Sam PitrodaIndia/United StatesTelecom/IT Innovator
Zahra M. AliIraqMember, Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament)
Saud Al-SaediIraqMember, Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament)
Mustafa Jabbar SanadIraqMember, Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament)
Mario AgostinelliItalyTrade unionist; Chairman, Fondazione Energia Felice; former General Secretary of CGIL, Sesto San Giovanni
Alberto ArecchiItalyArchitect; Art historian; Founder and President, Liutprand (a Northern Italian Cultural Association)
Pino ArlacchiItalyFormer Director, United Nations Drug Control Program; Professor of Sociology, University of Sassari
Prof. Bruno BrandimarteItalyProfessor (ret.), Applied Biophysics, Univ. of Rome, Tor Vergata
Liliana GoriniItalyChairwoman of Movisol
Giancarlo GuaitaniItalyFormer mayor, Fara Gera d’Adda
Maria Elena LacquanitiItalyCoordinator, GLAM Globalization and Environment Commission
Federica ManciniItalyNuclear engineer, Atoms for Peace, Italy
Pierangelo MontiItalyPresident, Movimento Internazionale della Riconciliazione (MIR), Italian branch of International Fellowship of Reconciliation
Carlo PettirossiItaly/GermanyNuclear engineer, Atoms for Peace, Italy
Alessia RuggeriItalyComitato per la Repubblica
Antonella VisintinItalyMember, Commission on Globalization and Environment, Protestant Federation
Vincenzo Romanello, Ph.DItaly/Czech RepublicSenior Nuclear Researcher and Project Manager, National Radiation Protection Institute (SURO)
Sutou Shizuyo, Ph.DJapanProfessor emeritus, School of Pharmacy, Shujitsu University
Mohammed Peter Davis, Ph.D.MalaysiaBiochemist; biotechnologist; architect; Consultant, deep tropical agriculture
Adam OuologuemMaliWashington D.C.-based journalist
Celeste Sáenz de MieraMexicoSecretary Gerneral, Mexican Journalists Club
Mouris SalloumMexicoDirector General, Mexican Journalists Club
Samo Fernando Soares da ManhiçaMozambiqueExecutive Director, International Alliance for Development – Mozambique
Prof. Bishnu PathakNepalProfessor of Peace, Justice and Security Studies, TRANSCEND Peace University
C. (Kees) le Pair, Ph.DNetherlandsPhysicist, Univ. of Leiden; Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fletcher GlassNew ZealandProperty development
Bolívar Tellez CastellónNicaraguaLawyer; university professor
Mahamadou HabouNigerFocal point, Lake Chad Basin youth network; young entrepreneur
David AjetunmobiNigeriaTrade union leader, auto sector
Adeshola KukoyiNigeriaFounder, Equilibrium Perspectives/University of Lagos
Zubair ZubairNigeriaHuman rights and youth advocate; radio host
Thore VestbyNorwayFormer Member of Parliament
Hassan DaudPakistanFormer Project Director, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Shakeel Ahmad RamayPakistanCEO, Asian Institute of Eco-Civilization Research and Development
José Antonio Benllochpiquer CastroPeruVice President, Christian Democratic Party of Peru
Dr. Carlos Francisco Gallardo NeyraPeruPresident, Christian Democratic Party of Peru
Dr. W. Julian Korab-KarpowiczPolandPhilosopher; professor, University of Opole; former deputy mayor of Gdansk
Andrzej Strupczewski, Ph.DPolandProfessor; vice chairman, Environmentalists for Nuclear Power
Vladimir OnoprienkoRussiaMember, Noosphere Public Academy of Sciences
Mira TeradaRussiaChairwoman, Foundation to Battle Injustice
Prof. Blagoje BabićSerbiaMember, Serbian Academy of Economic Science
Natasa MilojevicSerbiaPolitical scientist; former Member of Parliament
Jozef MikloskoSlovakiaFormer Deputy Prime Minister, Czech and Slovak Federative Republic; former Slovak Ambassador to Italy
Meshack MaxongoSouth AfricaLeader, LaRouche South Africa
Yim SungbinSouth KoreaPresident, FAVORs, Seoul
Juan José Torres NúñezSpainAuthor, poet, free-lance journalist
Thomas PetterssonSweden/IraqSenior Advisor, Civil and Human Rights
Hussein AskarySweden/IraqSouthwest Asia Coordinator, Schiller Institute
Georg KochSwitzerlandRetired social pedagogue; editor, “Schweizer Standpunkt”
Lt. Col. (ret.) Ralph BosshardSwitzerlandSwiss Armed Forces; consultant, military/strategic affairs
Eyup TopkayaTurkeyPolitical activist
Bishop Lubega Geoffrey BobUgandaMinister, Born Again Faith
Dr. Yurii SheliazhenkoUkrainePh.D. in Law; Executive Secretary, Ukrainian Pacifist Movement
Joseph AliUnited Kingdon/GuyanaEngineer
Jenifer ChambersUnited KingdomSocial Activist
Renato CorsettiUnited Kingdom/ItalyPsycholinguist, esperantist
Timothy HardacreUnited KingdomInternational lawyer
Bernie HollandUnited KingdomHead of Value Creation Collective
Mike RobinsonUnited KingdomEditor, UK Column
Dr. Athar AbassiUnited StatesMajor, U.S. Army (Ret)
David AnderssonUnited StatesCo-Director, Pressenza IPA
Archbishop BenjaminUnited StatesOrthodox Church in America, San Francisco
Victoria BinghamUnited StatesRetired Intelligence Analyst; Russian linguist
Meg BowermanUnited StatesPax Christi, Norther California chapter
Lt. (ret.) Robert E. BrancaUnited StatesU.S. Naval Reserve
Pastor Hugo BergerUnited StatesEvangelical Church of the Good Shepherd, Brooklyn, NY
Rev. Lawrence BernardUnited StatesChaplain, Poor Clare Monastery, Roswell, NM
Lisa BryceUnited StatesOpera singer; Ph.D., Music Education; Reverend
Leslee CoadyUnited StatesPax Christi, Norther California chapter
Father Ray ChaseUnited StatesPastor, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Baltimore, MD
Marjorie CohnUnited StatesFormer president, National Lawyers Guild; Veterans for Peace Advisory Board
Ronald M. ConverseUnited StatesRetired Correctional Counselor; established pioneering Drug & Alcohol Recovery Program
Arthur DawesUnited StatesPresident of the Board, Pax Christi, Texas
Bishop Demetrios of MokissosUnited StatesGreek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Vinnie De StefanoUnited StatesNational Organizing Director, Assange Defense
John DrozUnited StatesPhysicist
Brian A. EarleyUnited StatesCaptain (ret.), U.S. Army
Ed EhmkeUnited StatesPax Christi, Northern California chapter
Imam Mohammad Ali ElahiUnited StatesIslamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights, MI
John FarrellUnited StatesCivil Engineer; Millwright
Mike FernerUnited StatesFormert National President, Veterans for Peace
John FlynnUnited StatesU.S. Senate candidate from Connecticut, 2022; newly announced candidate 2024
Christopher and Mary FogartyUnited StatesIrish Support Group (Chicago)
Graham FullerUnited States/CanadaFormer Vice Chair, National Intelligence Council of the CIA for Long Term Forecasting; writer, political commentator
Hector E. GarciaUnited StatesTwin Cities Noviolent, MN
Larry GauthierUnited StatesJournalist; former member, Nebraska Democratic State Central Cttee; owner, Westphalian Publishing
Laurent “Larry” GilbertUnited StatesVeterans for Peace, Chapter 136, Florida; Former Mayor, Lewiston, Maine
Jack GilroyUnited StatesPax Christi, Upstate New York
Dr. Bennett GreenspanUnited StatesPast President of SNMMI (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging), American College of Radiology
Rev. John Gregory-DavisUnited StatesMeriden Congregational Church, UCC, Meriden, NH
Ephraim HaileUnited States/EritreaEritrean Cultural & Development Center (ECDC); Eritrean Diaspora, Boston
Joyce HallUnited StatesMember, Board of Directors, Texas Pax Christi
Stephen P. HanleyUnited StatesRetired school principal, Framingham, MA
Cathy HelgasonUnited StatesProfessor of Neurology
Jim HogueUnited StatesRepublican candidate for Lt. Governor, Vermont, 2020
Albert W. HoltUnited StatesMarine Corporal (ret.); former electrician
Milla IsmailovaUnited StatesRetired Russian Linguist
Appo JabarianUnited StatesPublisher, USA Armenian Life magazine
Ivan I. JonesUnited StatesFormer Board Member and Shop Steward, Local 783, AFSCME, Boston MA
John S. JonesUnited StatesWard 14 Democratic Committee, Boston, MA
Frank KartheiserUnited StatesOrganizer, The Mustard Seed Catholic Community, Worcester, MA
Robert Flash KingsleyUnited StatesPastor, author
Dr. George KooUnited StatesChairman, Burlingame Foundation; retired business consultant, U.S.-China relations
Gerald W. KoppUnited StatesFounding member, North Dakota Natural Farmers Association; former U.S. Congressional candidate
Jeremy KuzmarovUnited StatesJournalist, author
Jack LauUnited StatesOblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI); Pax Christi, Northern California
Nebojsa MalicUnited StatesSerbian-American journalist
Joseph MarcinkowskiUnited StatesChair, Military & Foreign Policy Workgroup, Houston Peace and Justice Center
David R. Meiswinkle, Esq.United StatesFormer President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry
Kevin MenneUnited StatesPodcast host, “Ask the Politician”, Cincinnati, OH
Suzzanne MonkUnited StatesChair, Patriot Action PAC
James MooreUnited StatesPast president, Alaska Trollers Association; Executive committee for NSRAA and AKI (aquaculture)
Al MyttyUnited StatesFlorida coordinator, World BEYOND War
Jeff NormanUnited StatesFounder, U.S. Tour of Duty; podcast host of “Ask the Inspector” and “Scenes from the Evolution”
Tim O’ConnerUnited StatesBroadcast jounalist; Chairman, Otsego County, NY, Libertarian Party
Nestor OginarUnited StatesRepresentative, World Macedonian Congress at the UN; Member, Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archepiscopy
John OLoughlinUnited Statesauthor of “McDuff Lives!: The Life and Untimely Death of Thomas F. OLoughlin, Jr.”
Andy OlsonUnited StatesFarmer; former LaRouche Democrat candidate for Governor of Minnesota; and for U.S. Congress (2nd CD – MN)
Daniel B. OstrowskiUnited StatesU.S. Army Captain (ret.); member, Polish Legion of American Vets, Post 169
Sue and Bud OzarUnited StatesRetired educators; Co-founders, Friends of Kenyan Orphans; Lay Missioners, Samoa Islands and Kenya
Lorin PetersUnited StatesModerator, Northern California Pax Christi
Jeffrey S. Philbin, Ph.D.United StatesNuclear Engineer, nuclear weapon response, Albuquerque, NM
Cynthia PoolerUnited StatesBroadcast journalist; peace activist, NY
David T. PyneUnited StatesFormer U.S. Army HQ Staff Officer
Earl RasmussenUnited StatesExecutive Vice President, Eurasia Center, Washington D.C.
Tara ReadeUnited StatesAuthor; Producer; former U.S. Senate Aide
Derotha Ann ReynoldsUnited Statesformer Democratic candidate for Nevada House of Representatives
David RothauserUnited StatesFilmmaker, Veterans for Peace USA – Smedley Butler Brigade, Boston
Karl SchmidtUnited StatesBroadcast journalist, NY
Peter M. SchullerUnited StatesProfessor of Philosophy, Emeritus
Abbot Paul Mark Schwan, OCSOUnited StatesAbbey of Our Lady of Clairvaux, Vina, CA.
John ShanahanUnited StatesCivil engineer; editor of website AllAboutEnergy.net
John Calvin SmithUnited StatesSenior Project Engineer, Dams and Levees; Earthquake Geotechnical Engineer
Marcia SprinkleUnited StatesMember, Pax Christi; Deacon, Seventh Avenue Presbyterian, San Francisco, CA
Steven StarrUnited StatesMPH, MT(ASCP)BB; Assistant Clinical Professor, Univeristy of Missouri
Barbara SuhrstedtUnited StatesInternational concert pianist, retired; President, Board of Directors, Framingham Lomonosov Association for Mutual Exchange (F.L.A.M.E.)
Stan TaylorUnited StatesTreasurer, Northern California Pax Christi
Kathleen TempleUnited StatesFormer pastor, Mennonite Church USA
Bruce ToddUnited StatesMillwright Local 715 (ret.); former Independent candidate for Lt. Governor, New Jersey
Archpriest John TomasiUnited StatesRector, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of America), Marina del Rey, CA
Dr. Mohammad A. ToorUnited StatesChairman of the Board of Trustees, Pakistani American Congress
Bob Van HeeUnited StatesCommissioner, Redwood County, Minnesota
Therese Mughannam-WalrathUnited StatesCalifornia member, NorCal Sabeel (North Coast Coalition for Palestine)
Dr. Zaher WahabUnited States/AfghanistanProfessor of Education, Emeritus; Former Advisor, Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education
Mary Ellen WaiteUnited StatesMaryknoll Affiliate, California
Alan WaltarUnited StatesPast President, American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Michael WhartonUnited StatesPax Christi, Norther California chapter
Ron WieczorekUnited StatesRancher; former LaRouche Independent Congressional and Gubernatorial candidate, South Dakota; food for Peace leader
Tom ZawistowskiUnited StatesPresident, We the People Convention
Vivian ZelayaUnited StatesPax Christi, Norther California chapter
Andrés Ramón Giussepe AvaloVenezuelaFormer member, Latin American Parliament
Emil Guevara MuñózVenezuelaFormer member, Latin American Parliament
Alberto Mendoza UrbinaVenezuelaFundamaraisa Foundation
César MogollónVenezuelaNational Coordinator, Central Alliance of Venezuela
Román Rojas CabotVenezuelaFormer Ambassador of Venezuela to the European Community
Piero TrepiccioneVenezuelaCoordinator, Network of Jesuit Social Centers in Latin America and the Caribbean
Manuel Felipe SierraVenezuelaJournalist, political analyst, author, radio and television presenter
Edgar Rodriguez MartínezVenezuelaCoordinator, Commission for the Study of Comprehensive Human Development, Alberto Adriani Foundation
Munashe ChiwanzaZambiaCivil Engineer

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