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Peace Sunday 19 January 2020: Peace as a Journey of Hope

Peace Sunday

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.

This year is unusual in that Pope Francis had not yet released his message. We mailed out resource materials before the message had arrived.

Here is the text of the message now:     Peace as a Journey of Hope:      Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion

Order form for resources

Resources available in our online shop 





Archive: The theme for 2019 was  “Good politics serves peace”   marked on 20 January 2019

Full text of  the World Peace Day Message 2019

One thing is certain:  good politics is at the service of peace.  It respects and promotes fundamental human rights,which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations….today more than ever, our societies need “artisans of peace” who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family.

Sheet of extracts from the World Peace Day message – could be used in newsletters/to create posters.

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Archive: The theme for Peace Sunday 2018  was 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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