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Pope Francis Calls on Trump to be Peacemaker

Posted by Erin Bechtol
05.25.17

In addition to calling on Donald Trump to be a peacemaker, Pope Francis gave him a copy of the 2017 World Day of Peace message on “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics of Peace” during their meeting at the Vatican today (May 24, 2017).  The following news outlets mention this landmark papal declaration on nonviolence, which came in the wake of the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference co-sponsored by the Vatican last year and where Pace e Bene took part:

Pope welcomes Trump at the Vatican despite past disagreements (Washington Post):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pope-welcomes-trump-at-the-vatican-despite-past-disagreements/2017/05/24/9b3381c6-4056-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.d36f754b289a

Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter (Reuters): http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-pope-idUSKBN18K001

Francis asks Trump to work for peace in closely watched Vatican meeting (National Catholic Reporter) https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-asks-trump-work-peace-after-closely-watched-vatican-meeting

President Trump and Pope Francis meet: ‘We can use peace’: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/24/donald-trump-and-pope-francis-meet-we-can-use-peac/

Pope Francis politely shapes Trump’s climate ignorance with a parting gift: https://thinkprogress.org/francis-trump-meet-c9c5a61617e8

These are the all-too-relevant texts Pope Francis gave President Trump after their meeting (NY Daily News): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/texts-pope-francis-gave-president-article-1.3192631

Pope Francis and President Trump meet: what you need to know (America magazine): https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/05/24/pope-francis-and-president-trump-meet-what-you-need-know

Other recent news stories that highlight the increasing proliferation of the use of the term “nonviolence” in statements by Pope Francis, by the Vatican in general, or in media stories about the Pope:

Chicago Cardinal Cupich unveils church-led anti-violence initiative (NCR, April 4, 2017) https://www.ncronline.org/news/parish/chicago-cardinal-cupich-unveils-church-led-anti-violence-initiative

Pope reminds Suu Kyi about nonviolent politics as Myanmar, Vatican elevate diplomatic ties: https://coconuts.co/yangon/news/pope-reminds-suu-kyi-about-nonviolent-politics-as-myanmar-vatican-establish-diplomatic-relations/

Vatican’s message to Jains on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti ‎(Vatican Radio, March 29, 2017) http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/03/29/vaticans_message_to_jains_on_mahavir_jayanti/1302069

Vatican’s message to Buddhists on Vesakh (Vatican Radio, April 22, 2017) http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/04/22/vaticans_message_to_buddhists_on_vesakh/1307347

Francis’ trip to Fatima to be taken as pilgrimage for peace (Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, May 9, 2017)

https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-trip-fatima-be-taken-pilgrimage-peace

Pope Francis: ‘The world is at war,’ but good still remains (Catholic News Agency, May 6, 2017)

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-the-world-is-at-war-but-good-still-remains-16602/

Pope Francis preaches unity, tolerance and non-violence at Cairo mass (UPI, April 29, 2017)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/29/Pope-Francis-preaches-unity-tolerance-and-non-violence-at-Cairo-mass/8791493476765/

Christians in Middle East call Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt a blessing (Crux, May 2, 2017): https://cruxnow.com/pope-francis-in-egypt/2017/05/02/christians-middle-east-call-pope-franciss-visit-egypt-blessing/

Francis’ Egyptian Endeavor: Mission Promotes Peace and Interreligious Dialogue (National Catholic Register, May 5, 2017):

http://www.ncregister.com/dailynews/francis-egyptian-endeavor-mission-promotes-peace-and-interreligious-dialogu

Francis ‘rewriting Italian church history’ with visit to priests’ tombs in June (Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, April 26, 2017) https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/francis-rewriting-italian-church-history-visit-priests-tombs-june

Mary G. McGlone, “Emulate Christ” (National Catholic Reporter, May 6, 2017)
https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/spiritual-reflections/emulate-christ

Chicago Experts Weigh in On Pope’s Call to Dispose of Nuclear Weapons (Medill News Service, April 17, 2017):
http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/chicago-experts-weigh-in-on-popes-call-to-dispose-of-nuclear-weapons/

Leeds: Bishop Kevin Dowling to speak on “third world war in installments” (Independent Catholic News, April 12, 2017)
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/32325

Leaders of microstate San Marino back Francis’ message on nonviolence ((Joshua McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 3, 2017) https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/leaders-microstate-san marino-back-francis-message-nonviolen

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas mentioned nonviolence in his remarks to Donald Trump, as well as the pope’s work for peace (May 23): http://www.timesofisrael.com/mahmoud-abbass-remarks-in-meeting-with-president-trump/

And here’s what can be taken to be a playful example.  In this May 5 Crux piece the pope is complaining about the need to improve Vatican communications, and apparently remarked that it may take “a little violence” to fix things.   The reporter adds that this is a bit of a reversal, since The pope is the world’s biggest proponent of nonviolence, after all.” https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/05/05/may-take-little-violence-fix-vatican-communications/.

With Gift and Conversation, Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/world/europe/pope-trump-vatican-meet.html?emc=edit_th_20170525&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=75095697&_r=0

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