UK: Speakers at Pax Christi UK event say, "Nonviolence Works!"
by Ellen Teague, Independent Catholic News
The first of this week's Pax Christi's seminars on the theme of 'Nonviolence Works!' has taken place in South London at the Amigo Hall of St George's Cathedral. Around 50 people heard a panel of speakers pick up on the words of Pope Francis in his 2017 World Peace Day message that nonviolence is 'a style of politics for peace'. They explored what this might mean in practice, building on the work of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative. This is a project of Pax Christi International, launched at the 'Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference' held in Rome April 11-13, 2016 and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pax Christi International, and other international bodies.
The South London seminar was chaired and introduced by Valerie Flessati and Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi UK. Keynote speakers from the United States were Marie Dennis - co-president of Pax Christi International since 2007, who played a leading role in the joint Pax Christi/Vatican International Initiative on Nonviolence and Just Peace – and Maria Stephan, senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and an expert on civil resistance and its relevance for violent conflict prevention...