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Pax Christi – Peace Sunday 2017 is on 15 January

The theme for Peace Sunday 2017 is – Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace

Peace Sunday liturgy resource booklet

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.

 

Pax Christi has produced a range of prayer, reflection and action resources to help parishes and communities celebrate the World Peace Day message

Image on prayer card

Image on prayer card

Series of worksheets on the theme Exploring Gospel Nonviolence

Support resources

  • 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

Countdown to Peace Sunday 17 January

Countdown to Peace Sunday 17 January

 2016 Order Form 

You can find all previous World Peace Day messages here 

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