Pace e Bene

  • Sign Up for Email Updates


    Pace e Bene on FacebookPace e Bene on Facebook

Pope’s World Day of Peace Message to Focus on Nonviolence

Posted by Ryan Hall
08.26.16

By Ken Butigan

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will issue his annual World Day of Peace message for the first time on the theme of nonviolence.

Entitled “Nonviolence: The Style of Politics of Peace,” the January 1, 2017 papal message will be sent to all foreign ministries worldwide.  Announced by Vatican Radio this week, the traditional message is intended to indicate “the diplomatic concerns of the Holy See during the coming year.”

Posted on the Vatican Radio website, the announcement calls nonviolence “a realistic political method that gives rise to hope.”  By issuing this message, the pope “wants to show a further step, a path of hope, appropriate to today’s historical circumstances. In this way, the settlement of disputes may be reached through negotiation without then degenerating into armed conflict. Within such a perspective the culture and identity of peoples are respected and the opinion that some are morally superior to others is overcome.”

Nonviolence is key, the announcement stressed, to recognizing “not the right of force but the force of right.”

See the full announcement here.

Pope Francis’s decision to highlight nonviolence in his 2017 worldwide message comes at a time when the Vatican increasingly seeks to support nonviolent solutions to conflicts around the world.

It also follows in the wake of the landmark “Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference,” co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International and held this past April in Rome, which called on Pope Francis to share with the world an encyclical on nonviolence.

Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service was part of a global planning committee which organized this historic event.  Pace e Bene staff—including Fr. John Dear and Ken Butigan—are currently serving with Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, the international body that is organizing the follow-up to the Rome assembly.

The vision of nonviolence conveyed in this announcement—as a comprehensive, constructive and effective method for peace—is a powerful and historic contribution to the growing movement to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Recent Posts

Spotlight Stories arrow

Covenant of Nonviolence for Convergence

by Ryan Hall // Campaign Nonviolence

Campaign Nonviolence National Convergence Covenant of Nonviolence for Sept. 21-22, 2018, Washington, D.C. This covenant of nonviolence is based on the guidelines of nonviolence which Dr. King used in the Birmingham, AL Campaign, in the Spring of 1963. We encourage everyone to reflect … read more

Read More

John Dear Interview at The Progressive

by Erin Bechtol // Campaign Nonviolence

In between book tour stops for his new book They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, John Dear stopped by the office of The Progressive for an interview with Norman Stockwell. Over the course … read more

Read More

The Beatitudes of Peace with John Dear

by Erin Bechtol // Pace e Bene

Have you wondered what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” or “Blessed are the meek?” Have you ever asked yourself if these Beatitudes are merely spiritual ideals or teachings that can ground and center your … read more

Read More
Image 01 Image 02