U.S. Catholics: Write your bishop to encourage his support of active nonviolence

Updated May 29, 2017

“Instruments of reconciliation” is a new national campaign to amplify active nonviolence in the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholics in other parts of the world might adapt the information for their local situations.

Please use this form to let the campaign know if you take action.

Catholics in the United States are asked to choose a date in June to share their hope for greater teaching and commitment to active nonviolence with their bishop and to invite him to affirm active nonviolence as the “nucleus of the Christian revolution” by 1) sharing and speaking about Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message broadly within their diocese, seminaries, and other ministries and 2) concretely committing to an initiative to scale-up practices of active nonviolence.

As Pope Benedict wrote, “For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone. Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution.’”

We want to support our bishops in their efforts to respond to Pope Francis, who pledged the assistance of the church in “every effort to build peace through active and creative nonviolence.” Some dioceses – such as the Archdiocese of Chicago – are already experimenting with a commitment to a culture of nonviolence and practical steps to greater active nonviolence to address tensions and crime within the diocese. Pope Francis wrote them a letter of encouragement. 

June 4: Today is the feast of Pentecost, when the Sprit is given to the disciples to help them live the courageous way of Jesus’ active nonviolence.

June 5-12: Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

June 20: World Refugee Day, a day to acknowledge people around the world who flee from violence due to the lack of nonviolent and restorative justice responses to conflict.

June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

See here for more details, sample letter, and to report your action.

Photo of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago © 2008, Jeremy Atherton

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Pax Christi Peace Stories

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict. It is grounded in the belief that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken.

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