CATHOLIC NONVIOLENCE INITIATIVE: April 2017 update on progress with the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative


by Judy Coode,
Catholic Nonviolence Initiative Project Coordinator

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative continues to promote nonviolence within the Church (and the wider community), to develop resources, and to be at the service of the Church as it explores the development of innovative Church teaching, including the possibility of an encyclical on nonviolence and just peace.

We have been buoyed especially by Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace. In early March, CNI and others participated at a panel discussion at the United Nations in New York City on this theme, hosted by the Holy See’s UN mission. On April 21, a similar panel was held at the Pax Christi International secretariat in Brussels, with a particular focus on the European Union (photo at right: Sr. Wamuyu Wachira and Marie Dennis, members of the Pax Christi International board; Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi UK; and Joachim Koops, director of the Global Governance Institute)

A number of workshops on Gospel nonviolence and Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message have been held in Uganda, Kenya, the Philippines, UK, Belgium, Mexico, United States, Australia, Japan, and many other countries. Marie Dennis spoke at the 2017 Voices of Faith gathering at the Vatican on International Women’s Day, March 8; the theme was nonviolence and women. Pax Christi groups around the world have held regional conferences and have given presentations to diocesan commissions on nonviolence...

To read more of this update, in French and English, click here. (French version is below English version when you scroll down.)


Judy Coode, Catholic Nonviolence Initiative