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Watch UN Conference on Pope’s World Day of Peace Message

Posted by Ryan Hall
03.03.17

Watch the UN Conference held on March 2, 2017 to discuss Pope Francis’ 2017 Message for the World Day of Peace which was the church’s first official statement to focus on the topic of nonviolence. Also, see the article about the conference here!

With colleagues from around the world, Pace e Bene staff-members Ken Butigan and Rev. John Dear helped organize and participate in the historic “Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference” at the Vatican in April, 2016, which appealed to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence and which called on Pope Francis to write a new encyclical (major church document) on nonviolence. This event has attracted new interest in nonviolence around the world.

Since the Rome conference the Pope has explicitly taken up Gospel nonviolence in his papal messages. The most spectacular outcome of the Rome conference yet is that Pope Francis accepted a proposal from Rev. Dear and Pax Christi International to make nonviolence the theme for his 2017 World Day of Peace message for the first time ever. The message—“Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace”–was proclaimed on New Year’s Day. On March 2, 2017, the United Nations held a conference on the pope’s historic message, which included powerful presentations by CNI Executive Committee members Marie Dennis and Gerry Lee.

Watch the video below or  you can also see this video on the UN website here and you can read our recent post’s on the World Day of Peace message here:

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