Category Archive: Youth News

Responding to hate with love – new assembly on nonviolence

Among the gifts presented to President Trump by Pope Francis this week was a copy of his message for World Peace Day 2017, Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.

In a week when we have been horrified by the terrorist attack in Manchester this gift is particularly timely. It reminds us that the best response to a world of too much violence and injustice is more love and more goodness – a response we have seen so powerfully from the people of Manchester over the past few days.

This assembly reflects on the Christian vocation to nonviolence and how it challenges us to act by responding to hate with love.


Assembly Script pdf)
Assembly Slideshow (pptx)

I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.
(Pope Francis, Message for World Peace Day 2017)


Follow #ThisIsNonviolence on Twitter to hear more inspirational stories of people living nonviolently

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Pedal for Peace 2017 – Coast-to-Coast Challenge

Join Pax Christi this summer for a Coast-to-Coast cycling pilgrimage for peace in support of our peace education work and the Christian Peace Education Fund.

Setting off from Barrow-in-Furness, the home of the UK’s nuclear fleet, on Friday 18 August we will reach Whitby on Monday 21 August and doff our cycling caps in honour of St Hilda.

Please join us for what will be a wonderful event and a great celebration of peace in support of important peace education work

A registration fee (£20 for the Coast-to-Coast / £5 for The Last Leg) is needed to secure your participation. Deadline for registrations is Tuesday 30 May

Register your interest by emailing or calling the Pax Christi office (0208 203 4884)

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Assembly: Blessed Josef Mayr-Nusser – Martyr for Conscience

Photo02On Saturday 18 March Pope Francis will beatify the Italian layman Josef Mayr-Nusser: A Martyr for Conscience

Sentenced to death because of his faith when his conscience would not allow him to make an oath of loyalty to Hitler, Josef Mayr-Nusser died on 24 February 1945 in a cattle wagon on the way to Dachau concentration camp where he was to be shot.

We have produced an assembly resource to mark the occasion of the beatification of Bl. Josef, celebrating his life and the lessons we can learn from his courageous witness.

Download the Assembly Script (pdf)
Download the Assembly Slideshow (ppx)

Profile: Bl Josef Mayr-Nusser (pdf)

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Workshop: Eyewitness in the Classroom

The next Skillshare workshop from the Peace Education Network will be on Thursday 23 March, 2 – 4pm at Friends House, Euston Road, London.

Workshop Flyer - March 2017 - Eyewitness in the Classroom

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Young Peace Journalists

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge.

Pax Christi International is building up a young peace journalist team from all over the world to report about the lives of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. As part of the team you will organise an interview with a person from these groups in your hometown or area. Full [online] training will be given.

The international team of peace journalists will use their work for awareness raising, influencing policy makers, as  you seek to make a positive difference for one of the most vulnerable groups in society.

To apply to be part of this project please register your interest here.
For more information please contact Matt at our youth desk

Ella, a student from Lancashire, is already part of this project. You can read her interview with Mohammed, a refugee from Syria, here: We used to have an ordinary life.


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