Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace

Since conditions that favour the outbreak of wars are once again increasing, I can only reiterate that war is the negation of all rights and a dramatic assault on the environment. If we want true integral human development for all, we must work tirelessly to avoid war between nations and peoples. To this end, there is a need to ensure the uncontested rule of law and tireless recourse to negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as proposed by the Charter of the United Nations.

Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti

Pax Christi International has a long-term commitment to active nonviolence as a way of life as well as an effective political strategy. According to SIPRI, world military spending rose to almost $2 trillion in 2020. However, in his 2017 message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of a renewed culture of nonviolence to inform global politics today, stating unequivocally that military responses to conflict only breed more violence. Nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation and peacebuilding efforts by governments and international organisations have been shown to be effective—and yet they remain underfunded. Pax Christi International promotes nonviolent policy options to sustain peace and security at every level – from the local to the global. 

For more information, see our forthcoming 2021 publication titled ‘A Policy Maker’s Tool for Effective, Nonviolent Strategies for Sustainable Peace’ in English, Spanish, French and Italian.  

A recording will be published on this webpage of our webinar event launching the above-mentioned publication taking place at the end of September.