Pax Christi International co-presidents promote Catholic Nonviolence Initiative on Vatican Radio


Leaders of the global peace network have asked Pope Francis to write an encyclical and appealed for nonviolence to be taught at all levels of education and parish life

By Philippa Hitchen

5/3/18 - Ending the use of war and promoting peaceful solutions to conflicts is the long term goal of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, organized by the international peace network Pax Christi International.

The initiative was launched at a conference held in Rome two years ago, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council (now part of the office for Promoting Integral Human Development). In 2017 Pope Francis followed up with a World Peace Day message entitled ‘Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace”.

The leadership of Pax Christi International is in Rome this week to meet with top Vatican officials on the next steps of this initiative. Co-president Marie Dennis and project coordinator Judy Coode talked to Philippa Hitchen about the origins and the ambitious goals of the ‘Just Peace’ movement...

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Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, Judy Coode, Marie Dennis, Vatican Radio