See this online text:

See also these related texts on the ethics of armed conflict under natural and positive law:

  • The Christian Soldier in the Service of Just Peace: Declaration of the AMI General Assembly, Berlin, October 2010, by the Apostolat Militaire International/ International Military Apostolate (Vienna: Amtliche Publikation der Republik Österreich/ Bundesminister für Landesverteidigung und Sport, 2011). Also called the Declaration of Berlin. The English version is available in  in PDF format on this page. The English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Dutch versions are available in PDF format on this page of the Apostolat Militaire International, with the following contents:
    • “The Christian Soldier in the Service of Just Peace Declaration of the AMI General Assembly, Berlin, October 2010”, p. 9
    • “Le militaire chrétien au service d’une paix juste Déclaration de l’Assemblée Générale de l’AMI, Berlin, octobre 2010”, p. 21
    • “El Militar Cristiano como Servidor de la Paz Justa Declaración de la Asamblea General del AMI, Berlín, Octubre 2010”. p. 35
    • “Il Soldato Cristiano al Servizio di una Pace Giusta Dichiarazione dell’Assemblea Generale dell’AMI, Berlino, Ottobre 2010”, p. 49
    • “Der christliche Soldat als Diener eines gerechten Friedens Erklärung der Generalversammlung des AMI, Berlin, Oktober 2010”, p. 61
    • “De Christelijke Soldaat in Dienst van Rechtvaardige Vrede Verklaring van de Algemene Vergadering van het AMI, Berlijn, oktober 2010”, p. 75
  • In Praise of the New Knighthood (Liber ad milites Templi: De laude novae militae), by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, translated by Conrad Greenia. From The Cistercian Fathers Series: Number Nineteen, The Works of Bernard of Clairvaux: Volume Seven, Treatises III, translated by Conrad Greenia, (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1977). May be read online at Hanover College.
  • An Introduction to the Just War Tradition”, by John F. Coverdale, Pace International Law Review, Volume 16, Issue 2 (Fall 2004): pp. 221-277. Available in pdf format at Pace Law School.
  • “Thomas Aquinas: On Law, Tyranny and Resistance”, by Dr. N.P. Swartz, Acta Theologica, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jun. 2010): pp. 145-157. Available in pdf format and may be read online at the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA.

See also this book of prayers and devotions for members of the military:

  • Armed with the Faith: A Catholic Handbook, Catholic Information Service edition, edited by Reverend Daniel R. Sweeney, S.J.  (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, Catholic Information Service, 2009). With Imprimatur. [N.B., This new edition of the Military Catholic Handbook contains various prayers and devotions, including those specific to soldiers, a manual on confession, and catechetical instructions.]. Available in PDF format on this page of the Knights of Columbus.

Posted on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Victory (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary), commemorating the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto (07 October 1571), on the history of which readers might see the following:

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“For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil… For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is the minister of God: and avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.” (Romans xiii, 3-4)