The theme for Peace Sunday 2017 is
Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace
The Press Notice announcing the theme says:
With this Message, Pope Francis wants to show a further step, a path of hope, appropriate to today’s historical circumstances. In this way, the settlement of disputes may be reached through negotiation without then degenerating into armed conflict. Within such a perspective the culture and identity of peoples are respected and the opinion that some are morally superior to others is overcome.
At the same time, however, it does not mean that one Nation can remain indifferent to the tragedies of another. Rather it means a recognition of the primacy of diplomacy over the noise of arms. The arms trade is so widespread that it is generally underestimated. Illegal arms trafficking supports not a few world’s conflicts. Nonviolence as a political style can and must do much to stem this scourge.
IN THE MONTHS AHEAD WE WILL BE PRODUCING RESOURCES FOR 2017. MEANWHILE, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE DATE IS IN THE PARISH DIARY NOW!
- Download resource order form
- View prayer card
- Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: read more about the outcomes of the ground-breaking Rome gathering on Nonviolence. Great resources too
- Nonviolence in Action: take a look at Pax Christi page with stories of nonviolence, support resources and more.
- PowerPoint Presentation on the Nonviolence of Jesus based on Matt 5: 38-41 interpreted by Walter Wink. A simple 9 slide presentation illustrated by David Rumsey
Peace Sunday 2016 was celebrated on 17 January. Here is the full message: Overcome indifference and win peace
- Letter to parishes Archbishop Malcolm McMahon’s for Peace Sunday 2016
- Liturgy booklet in word format for easy copy and paste
- Liturgy booklet in pdf format
- Works of mercy graphic
- Make a difference in the world prayer for display
- Pax Christi Prayer Card set of 50 cards for £2.00
- On-line Assembly resource for secondary schools
- Short video introducing the theme
You can find all previous World Peace Day messages here