Inspired by the April 2016 Non-violence and Just Peace Conference held at the Vatican, a symposium was held to explore creative solutions through peace building and active non-violence. It provided opportunities for education, dialogue, and active engagement rooted in the Catholic Peace Tradition. From this symposium we have created a page that provides highlights from the day and links that can direct you to more information on how you can be a part of this movement.
In his letter for 2017 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes “Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s continuing efforts to limit the use of force by the application of moral norms; she does so by her participation in the work of international institutions and through the competent contribution made by so many Christians to the drafting of legislation at all levels. Jesus himself offers a ‘manual’ for this strategy of peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount. The eight Beatitudes (cf. Mt 5:3-10) provide a portrait of the person we could describe as blessed, good and authentic. Blessed are the meek, Jesus tells us, the merciful and the peacemakers, those who are pure in heart, and those who hunger and thirst for justice. “ (#6)
We can embrace this message together and collaborate on how we, as people of God, can contribute to building a better world and build the Kingdom of God.
Comments from Attendees
- Each segment was excellent-as all topics are inter-related. It was a beautiful weaving of one into the other.
- Appreciated the diverse perspectives on non-violence
- Talks were a jumping off point for meaningful conversation
- The discussion at lunch round-table was engaging, rewarding and thoughtful. Well led by Danny.
- The best thing was our conversation about being immersed in non-violent communication. I would like to hear more examples of how non-violence has resulted in preventing war.