Pope Francis, Nonviolence and the Fullness of Pacem in Terris – 5-7 December 2022

Casa La Salle, Via Aurelia 472

Rome, Italy

Since his installation in 2013, Pope Francis has repeatedly called for peace, for an end to all wars and preparations for war, for a culture of encounter, for justice, solidarity, and reconciliation that are the “mortar of the edifice of peace.” (25 November 2019) By his many messages for peace, by his own example and, explicitly in his 2017 World Day of Peace message, His Holiness has advanced the spirit, teaching, and way of active nonviolence in the Church and the world. 

In light of this prophetic leadership, Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Union of Superiors General-Union of International Superiors General (USG-UISG) have invited a group of theologians, peace practitioners, and church leaders to attend a conference entitled, “Pope Francis, Nonviolence and the Fullness of Pacem in Terris,” scheduled to take place 5-7 December 2022 at Casa La Salle in Rome. 

For more information, contact the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative at nonviolence@paxchristi.net.

Information for invited conference participants is posted below.

We are deeply grateful for the support from the following benefactors:





School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province

Sisters of Bon Secours, USA

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Maryknoll Lay Missioners


Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz

Information for participants

Updated conference agenda

An appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence

The prophecy of nonviolence: Hope for the future, a newly designed collection of articles on nonviolence from Pax Christi International and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Background papers written for 2016 nonviolence conference:

  1. Advancing just peace through strategic nonviolent action, by Dr. Maria J. Stephan
    Faire avancer la paix à travers l’action stratégique non-violente, par Dr. Maria J. Stephan
  2. No longer legitimating war: Christians and Just Peace, by Rose Marie Berger, Sojourners
    Ce n’est plus une guerre légitime: chrétiens et la paix juste, par Rose Marie Berger, Sojourners
  3. Official Catholic social thought on Gospel nonviolence, by Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
    Pensée officielle catholique sur la non-violence évangélique, par Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
  4. Our nonviolence tradition, by Dr. Ken Butigan, DePaul University and Pace e Bene; Fr. John Dear
    Notre tradition non-violentepar Père John Dear et Ken Butigan
  5. Contemporary scriptural exegesis ethics on Jesus’ nonviolence, by Dr. Terrence Rynne, Marquette University
    Une vue d’ensemble contemporaine de l’exégèse des textes sacrés et l’éthique sur la non-violence de Jésus, par Dr. Terrence Rynne, Marquette University

Advancing Nonviolence and Just Peace in the Church and the World, reflecting the work of the 2017-18 roundtable process and the 2019 nonviolence conference

Choosing Peace, a collection of reflections from the 2016 conference and other foundational documents

Pax Christi International’s policymakers’ tool for effective, nonviolent strategies for sustainable peace

Directions from Rome airport to Casa La Salle