The title Pope Francis chose for the 55th Message for the World Day of Peace was
“Dialogue between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace”.
It is promoted with the support of the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Pax Christi depends very much on financial contributions we receive from Peace Sunday parish collections. In the present circumstances we would be doubly grateful for any donation you are able to make towards our work for peace.
Message from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
In his message to parishes our National President, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon says: This year has been one of unprecedented and continuing challenges. We are all conscious of the need to restore and rebuild our communities here and around the world, accepting that we need new ways of working and relating to each other. The Christian message of peace, through reconciliation, justice and nonviolence, can offer hope and direction in these times. I invite you to seriously consider facilitating a collection for, or making a donation to, the work of Pax Christi at this time as a way to make a practical contribution to continuing the work of peace
Peace Sunday Reflection
Pax Christi members from Wrexham diocese led an online reflection for Peace Sunday. The PowerPoint from the service will available on our YouTube channel soon, and the reflections used on the day are in our Members Blog 2022.
Resources to download
Justpeace with poster and hints on how to promote Peace
Podcast: Fr Rob Esdaile reflects on Pope Francis’ World Peace Day Message (6-7 minutes)
Text of Fr Esdaile’s podcast.
2022 Prayer Card with words of Pope Francis
Order form for Peace Sunday materials
Materials can be ordered from the office, but pleased note that it is not currently staffed full-time.
Our Peace Sunday E-Bulletin has links to the resources on this page and can be shared via email and social media using the URL at the top of the page.
Don’t forget that these resources can be used at any time of year. If 16 January is not convenient for your parish or group, hold your own ‘Peace Sunday’ later on.
Sunday Liturgy booklet with suggested penitential prayer, homily reflections and bidding prayers
Script for a 2-minute parish talk about Peace Sunday and Pax Christi prepared by Anne Dodd. (Italics indicate where you will need to adapt the wording to suit your local arrangements.)
Family activities / resources for children
Activities and Prayers for Children
Cardinal Newman School, Coventry Pray for Peace by Shadow and Cardinal Newman Students
Music for Peace Sunday
With permission of the songwriters, you are welcome to use this new hymn in your Peace Sunday services. The music is available in two arrangements here:
Peace Perfect Peace – recorded specially by Holy Apostles Folk Group, Pimlico, London.
Resources produced for previous Peace Sundays are available here