Since its founding in 2016, the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI), a project of Pax Christi International, has significantly advanced the conversation and understanding of nonviolence and just peace in the Catholic Church and beyond.

Formed after the April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference held in Rome, the CNI strives to see the Catholic Church help lead the world away from perpetual violence and war by an expanded investment of its intellectual, pastoral, academic, diplomatic, and financial resources in educating Catholics and society at large about active nonviolence as a practical and effective tool for building peace within families, local communities, nationally and globally.

A brief update on the past year
In April 2019, Pax Christi International, through the CNI, was honored to co-sponsor a two-day workshop at the Vatican, “Path of nonviolence: Towards a culture of peace,” which aimed to deepen and strengthen the Catholic Church’s understanding of and commitment to nonviolence.

Read more about the 2019 gathering and find links to presentations.

Leading up to last year’s workshop, the CNI presented the participants and the Vatican with the findings from the five roundtables which had been convened in 2017-2018. These documents are a rich and deep exploration of the history, application and potential of nonviolence in the Church and in society at large. This material is now in the process of being published by Pax Christi International and should be available soon.