Pace e Bene

  • Sign Up for Email Updates


    Pace e Bene on FacebookPace e Bene on Facebook

Prayers for Peace on Camino Del Santiago

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.21.16

By Rivera Sun

Kate Simonds and Chris Baumann have been on a two-month pilgrimage, hiking through France and Spain on the Camino Del Santiago. Joined by Skylar Cook and Ella White, they reached the end of the Camino Del Santiago on the International Day of Peace, September 21st. Standing in Finisterre, at the ocean’s edge, where both Catholic and pagan pilgrims have journeyed to the End of the World to offer prayers for thousands of years, they offered silent prayers for peace and nonviolence.

Kate Simonds writes, “This evening, as the sun was lowering towards the sea at Finisterre, the four us held hands, looked out over the crashing waves below us, and out to the white-gold glow of the sun, and said our individual prayers for Peace and Nonviolence.”

In a year when the Vatican has hosted their first-ever conference on nonviolence, Just Peace, and ending Just War Theory, and with Pope Francis announcing that his New Year’s Address will be on nonviolence, Campaign Nonviolence’s Rivera Sun asked them to lift up the Catholic Church in this landmark time, to help the Catholic religion walk in the path of nonviolence, turning away from the violence and warring of the past. Pace e Bene, the organization that launched Campaign Nonviolence, has played a key role in bringing the message of nonviolence to the Vatican, Cardinal Turkson, and Pope Francis. Executive Director Ken Butigan and Outreach Director John Dear continue to be deeply involved in integrating active nonviolence and Just Peace into the traditions and policies of the Catholic Church.

Rivera Sun writes, “I believe that each one of us, in all of our faith traditions has a responsibility to work for peace and nonviolence within our particular circles and groups. I am grateful to my family for helping me offer this prayer in such an auspicious location. Deep bows of gratitude, Kate Simonds, Chris Baumann, Skylar Cook, and Ella White, for standing with so many in sending out prayers and the steps along the journey of life toward the vision of peace and nonviolence.”

Photo Credit: Skylar Cook

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