Catholicism and Peacemaking

"St. Francis Peace Prayer" sung by Sarah McLachlan:

Catholic peacemaking, in the sense of social peace, has at its heart a response to the call to protect human life and dignity.

"Violence and war are never the way to peace." - Pope Francis.

How is the Bishop of Rome encouraging people to live in an often hostile and violent world?

See news of Pope Francis's dialogues and encounters with people around the world at Vatican News.
See, for example, this 12/1/13 article Peace is Possible.

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Consider Francis' insight: "We rebuild harmony with encounter":


See articles in the worldwide press such as the 12/2/13 nomination of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Explore links to key Papal and Vatican Documents on Catholic Social Teaching at the USCCB website. Key among them with regard to peace is Pacem in Terris.

Consider key insights in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, notably Part Three: Life in Christ. Section 2: The Ten Commandments. Chapter 2: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Article 5: The Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill. offers a succinct page of the Catechism.
Visit the Vatican Website, Curia, for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Consider the term 'peace' in a broad sense by Catholic Answers at A Primer on Peace.

 A Sampling of Video Presentations

"Jewish and Christian Responses to War"

Theology professor and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, SJ, lays out the Roman Catholic approach to peacemaking and the ethics of warfare, with particular attention to examining the “just war” tradition. Rabbi Or Rose of Hebrew College speaks on how his faith informed his personal engagement as an activist in the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Rev. Rodney Peterson, executive director of the Boston Theological Institute, presents a historical context for Christian approaches to war and peace.

"Peacebuilding 2013"

See the contextualizing and thought-provoking wrapup in  ..."The Way Forward"


"Franciscan Traditions of Peacemaking"

"Catholic Church and Peace Since Vatican II"



"Catholics and International Peacemaking"


See a brief description of Sant'Egidio:


For the heart and soul, linger in prayer. There are links in the "retreat" page of the Newman Club pages.

"St. Francis Peace Prayer" by the Phillipine Madrigal Singers