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Rediscover peace
An encyclical on peace could be just what the church needs, letter writer says.
An encyclical on peace could be just what the church needs, letter writer says.

Pope Francis’ cordial message to the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference in Rome said the meeting would “contribute to the renewal of the active witness of nonviolence as a ‘weapon’ to achieve peace.”

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International organized the conference, which emphasized Jesus’ message of peace and nonviolence. The conference produced “An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence,” asking for an encyclical on nonviolence and just peace.

Such an encyclical could be the next step in the direction that popes have been moving since Pope John XXIII wrote “Pacem in Terris.”  

An encyclical reexamining the church’s social teaching on nonviolence and the just war theory could be just what we Catholics need as an antidote to this election year’s rhetoric and actions of violence and hate.

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

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