Rome: Nonviolence and Just Peace conference
From 11-13 April, 2016, Pax Christi International, the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and other major Catholic organisations gathered in Rome for an unprecedented conference, “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence”. More than 80 participants – members of the clergy, women religious and laity who have experience in peacebuilding and active nonviolence in the face of violence and war -- contributed concrete ways in which the Catholic Church can deepen its understanding of nonviolence, including an explicit rejection of “just war” thinking. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, presented Pope Francis’ greeting message as the opening address for the conference, and also celebrated at the conference’s closing Mass. The outcome of the conference can be read here. Also see the photos and access the media coverage.