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.
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)
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