Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace

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Pax Christi International and its Catholic Nonviolence Initiative has announced the publication of Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World.

This is the culmination of a three-year global conversation among church leaders, community organisers, activists, social scientists and theologians about how the Catholic Church might promote its Gospel message of nonviolence.

The book shares the experiences of on-the-ground non-violent interventions, explores the scriptural, theological and historical foundations of nonviolence, reviews the current social science on how nonviolence has been effectively employed.

Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace is a biblical, theological, ethical, pastoral and strategic resource.


It answers commonly asked questions about active nonviolence and Catholic social teaching, including:

  1. Does nonviolence work to resolve conflict?
  2. What did Jesus and the Bible say about nonviolence?
  3. What has the Church taught about nonviolence?
  4. Is nonviolence the same as pacifism? How are they different?

Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace explores the foundations of Catholic thinking about nonviolence. It includes reviews of papal statements and church documents, a survey of the biblical teaching from the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures, a review of contemporary theological research on nonviolence, and dozens of recommendations for further discernment on how the Church might live into its Gospel nonviolence mandate.

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is a project of Pax Christi International, initiated in 2016 at a conference co-sponsored with the Vatican to advance Catholic thought on nonviolence.


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