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Peace activist to discuss his work

The Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas is bringing peace activist the Rev. Roy Bourgeois to Wichita to speak.

Bourgeois, an advocate for the ordination of women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church, will show "Pink Smoke over the Vatican," a film by Jules Hart, at 6 p.m. on Sunday at First Metropolitan Community Church, 156 S. Kansas.

At 8 a.m. Monday at the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S. Lorraine, Bourgeois will discuss his work in founding SOA Watch, set up to protest the U.S. training of Latin American soldiers.

Ordained a Catholic priest in 1972, Bourgeois went to work in Bolivia until he was arrested and forced to leave the country. In 1980, he became vocal on U.S. policy in El Salvador after four U.S. church women were raped and killed by Salvadorian soldiers. He founded School of the Americas Watch, named after the U.S. Army's school that trains soldiers from Latin America on combat skills.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Bourgeois will be the featured speaker at Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main St. in Hesston.

At 7 p.m. Monday, he will be at Bethel College's Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2515 College Ave., North Newton.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, he will speak at the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas, 1407 N. Topeka in Wichita.

For more information, contact the center at 316- 263-5886.

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