VISION

The work of Pax Christi International is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Pax Christi International believes that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, free from the fear of violence in all its forms.

 

MISSION

As a faith based network, Pax Christi International seeks to transform a world shaken by violence, terrorism, deepening inequalities, and global insecurity. Pax Christi International works to create a culture of peace and believes that religion should be an unequivocal force for peace and social justice. Pax Christi International is committed to non-violence, demilitarization and disarmament, human security, human rights, and the rule of law as the basis for peaceful societies. As a movement and a global network, Pax Christi International brings together people from many different backgrounds and cultures as they shape and act upon their shared vision of peace, reconciliation, and justice for all.
 
In all of its work, Pax Christi International explores innovative approaches to peace building, identifying beforehand the 'signs of the times' through a process of collaborative learning with all those associated with its work.

 

A FAITH-BASED ORGANISATION

Pax Christi, founded in 1945 as an international movement of Catholics in Europe who believed in reconciliation at the end of World War II, has grown into a unique global network working towards reconciliation, peace and justice, and building bridges with civil society in the secular world, as well as with people working for justice and peace in other Churches and Faiths.

As a faith based peace movement, Pax Christi’s work is founded on a commitment to prayer, spirituality, study, and action for peace. It strives for dialogue and co-operation with non-governmental organisations and movements working in related fields - whether they are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, or non-religious groups.

Pax Christi’s strong sense of spirituality is inspired by the original motivation of the movement, reconciliation: bringing opposing parties together to create a new relationship.

One of the characteristics of Pax Christi is the collaboration within the movement of lay, religious, bishops, and cardinals. Many bishops, religious, and clergy are members of the different member organisations.

It is a movement of shared and common responsibility. Although the Pax Christi International movement has always elected a bishop or a cardinal as its president, the movement is a non-governmental organisation working independently within, and outside of, the Catholic Church. It is well embedded in the ecumenical world.

 

Active in the Roman Catholic Church

    • Pontifical Council Justitia et Pax.
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    • Pontifical Council for Promoting of Christian Unity.
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    • United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's (USCCB).
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    • Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).
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    • Commission of the Bishop's Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
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    • Council of European Bishop's Conferences (CCEE).
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    • Catholic Peacebuilding Network USA.
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    • CIDSE = International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity.
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    • Caritas Internationalis.
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    • Caritas Europe.
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    • Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network.
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    • Regional and National Justice and Peace Commissions.
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    • Justice and Peace Promoters of international religious congregations in
        Rome Forum of International Catholic NGO's.
      

Active at the Ecumenical Level

    • World Council of Churches: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.
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    • World Council of Churches: Decade to Overcome Violence.
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    • World Council of Churches: the Palestine & Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) and
        the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).
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    • World Week for Peace Palestine & Israel.
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    • Middle East Council of Churches (MECC).
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    • Church and Peace.
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    • International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR).
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Historical Dialogue Processes

    • Russian Orthodox Church (since 1974).
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    • Serbian Orthodox Church (since 1990).
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Active at the Interfaith Level

    • Religions for Peace.

    • European Council of Religious Leaders.
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    • Expert group on Interfaith Dialogue of the European Youth Forum.
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