Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: Cardinal Turkson, military, peace activists, academics to dialogue on nonviolence


by Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter

High-ranking military, peace activists, academics and an outspoken Vatican cardinal on peace issues will seek common ground Oct. 6-8 at the University of San Diego on how to pursue, achieve and sustain concord in a global pandemic of violence.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican's new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, will be a marquee participant as well as deliver a free public lecture Oct. 7.

Turkson formerly headed the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which joined international peace organization Pax Christi to sponsor a landmark gathering at the Vatican in April 2016. The 80 participants concluded the three-day event by issuing a call for rejection of the church's long-standing just war theory.

They also appealed to Pope Francis to issue an encyclical or "major teaching document" recasting church teaching on violence.

The Justice and Peace Council is now part of Turkson's dicastery, which began operation Jan. 1.

The 2016 Vatican event, amplified by Francis' Jan. 1 World Day of Peace Message, "Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace," form the backdrop of the San Diego gathering, according to Jeffrey Burns, its lead organizer...

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