Pax Christi USA is a partner in the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, which affirms the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church, and is committed to the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet.
This bold effort was launched at the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference held in Rome April 11-13, 2016 and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (now part of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development), Pax Christi International, and other international bodies. Lay people, theologians, members of religious congregations, priests and bishops from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania gathered to call on the Catholic Church to take a clear stand for active nonviolence and against all forms of violence. In his message to the conference, Pope Francis said, “Your thoughts on revitalizing the tools of nonviolence, and of active nonviolence in particular, will be a needed and positive contribution.”
New book from the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative!
Advancing Nonviolence & Just Peace in the Church & the World
Pax Christi International and its Catholic Nonviolence Initiative are pleased to announce the publication of Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World, the culmination of a three-year global conversation among church leaders, community organizers, activists, social scientists and theologians about how the Catholic Church might return to its Gospel nonviolence roots and transform the world.
Pax Christi USA members can get a special 15% discount on the book when ordering through this link and using the special code, PCM15!
An International Christmas Retreat on Gospel Nonviolence, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at 10am ET (and repeated at 7pm ET).
Click here to read more about this incredible opportunity for the Advent season from Pax Christi International.
Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action, September 21 to October 2
2020 was the first year for the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action. The theme was, “Making active nonviolence our way of life in the Church and the world”. Information on the 2021 Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action will be posted when available.
In solidarity with our 120+ sister organizations in the Pax Christi International network from around the world, Pax Christi USA with our regions, local groups, members and partners prays, studies, acts and celebrates the power of nonviolence each year between September 21st (International Day of Peace) and October 2nd (International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s birthday).
2020 Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action
- Prayer-Study-Action e-bulletin #1 for the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action
- Prayer-Study-Action e-bulletin #2 for the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action
- “Introduction to the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative,” with Judy Coode, Project Coordinator. Click here for a link to the video recording.
- “Working for Peace with Justice: An Elections 2020 Virtual Teach-In”, a webinar exploring Pax Christi USA’s Statement of Principles for the 2020 Elections. Click here for a link to the video recording.
- “Confronting Institutionalized Violence with Gospel Nonviolence”, a webinar on confronting racism, militarism and nuclear weapons through Gospel nonviolence. Click here for a link to the video recording.
Ideas for observing the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action
- Take the Vow of Nonviolence, as an individual, with your family, as a local group, or within your parish community.
- Use this preparatory guide, “Making Active Nonviolence Our Way of Life in the Church and the World,” designed by Pax Christi members from 4 continents, to gauge our experiences in nonviolence and to help groups and communities map out their response to this invitation.
- Use this framework for additional prayer resources, examples of actions of public witness, ideas for multimedia projects, suggestions for creating a nonviolent parish, and opportunities to celebrate nonviolent heroes.
- Sign this appeal to Pope Francis thanking him for his leadership in stating that “nonviolence is the way forward”.
- Find more resources at this link from Pax Christi International.