LCWR Update Newsletter
Join Us In Prayer
image001.jpgThe Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International will convene an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence, to be held in Rome, Italy, 11-13 April, 2016. Please join us in prayer for the success of the convening!

In recognition of the Year of Mercy declared by the Holy Father, this carefully planned Catholic conference on nonviolence and just peace will take place in Rome — the invited participants represent a broad spectrum of Church experiences in peace-building and creative nonviolence in the face of violence and war. Read the concept note for the conference here.

The conference will initiate a conversation about Catholic teaching on war and peace, including the exploration of an alternative ethical framework for engaging acute conflict and atrocities by developing the themes and practices of nonviolent conflict transformation and just peace. The hope is that participants will begin the conversation that will lead to the development of a  clearer Scripture-based Catholic teaching and an action plan to promote such teachings in seminaries, Catholic educational institutions, Catholic media, Catholic dioceses and parishes.

We ask for your prayerful support before and during this unique conference. Following is a prayer written especially for the conference by Austrian nonviolence activist and theologian Hildegard Goss-Mayr. Prayers from Archbishop Stephen Fumio Hamao and Pope St. John Paul II are also included—also in Francais, Italiano, Spanish. A PDF flyer of the prayer (in English) is available here.

The planning committee includes representatives of Pace e Bene, Pax Christi Pilipinas, Pax Christi UK, International Union of Superior Generals (UISG), JPIC Commission Union of Superior Generals (USG)/UISG, Columban Mission Institute, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Leadership Conference of Women Religious.