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Pax Christi – Peace Sunday 20 January 2019

The theme for 2019 is  “Good politics serves peace”

Every year Pax Christi promotes the Holy Father’s World Peace Day Message on the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.  This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer. Pax Christi  sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day.

Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures…  Political commitment – which is one of the highest expressions of charity – brings concern for the future of life and the planet, of the youngest and the youngest, in their thirst for fulfilment.
from Vatican Press Statement

 

 

 

 

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The theme for Peace Sunday 2018 is Migrants and Refugees – seekers of peace

Cover-bookletThe full text of the message can be read 

Resources for 2018 can be downloaded below and purchased here 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

Peace Sunday liturgy resource booklet

 

The full text of the message can be downloaded here 

“…“piecemeal” violence, of different kinds and levels, causes great suffering: wars in different countries and continents; terrorism, organized crime and unforeseen acts of violence; the abuses suffered by migrants and victims of human trafficking; and the devastation of the environment. Where does this lead? Can violence achieve any goal of lasting value? Or does it merely lead to retaliation and a cycle of deadly conflicts that benefit only a few “warlords”?

Violence is not the cure for our broken world….

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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