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Friday, 03 January 2020 04:59

A Letter to Pope Francis

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Ken Butigan, a nonviolence trainer with Pace e Bene, suggested that the participants of our Cultivating Nonviolence study group write a letter to Pope Francis asking the pope for an encyclical on nonviolence.

Your Holiness,

We struggle to be Church and value your leadership. You wrote, “In our complex and violent world, it is truly a formidable undertaking to work for peace by living the practice of nonviolence.” in a message to participants in the “Nonviolence and Just Peace” conference in Rome in 2016.

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.

Your servants,

Mary and Manford Hotchkiss

CC:   Archbishop Sample, Portland, or
        Catholic Sentinel, the official newspaper of the Portland Archdiocese

You can send your own letter! Physical letters go to

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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