Your message for World Day of Peace 2017, “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace,” reaffirmed all who abhor violence in its many forms, personal or national. You emphasized, “Violence is not the cure for our broken world.”
The formation of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (https://nonviolencejustpeace.net) gives us great hope, as did the conference, The Path of Nonviolence: Towards a Culture of Peace, at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in April 2019. At that conference, approximately 75 theologians, peace practitioners, bishops, archbishops, social scientists, educators, and pastoral ministry workers met for two days in Rome to share a deeper conversation about mainstreaming active nonviolence in the Church and in society.
We hope for an encyclical on nonviolence in which you remind the whole church of Jesus’s teaching of steadfast, nonviolent love for all, to energize us in our struggle for a just and loving world.
Mary and Manford Hotchkiss
CC: Archbishop Sample, Portland, or
Catholic Sentinel, the official newspaper of the Portland Archdiocese
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