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Francis to focus 2017 peace message on non-violence as 'political method'

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Pope Francis will dedicate his annual World Peace Day message this winter to promoting non-violent strategies to prevent and stop global violence, proposing what the Vatican is calling a "political method" to overcome armed conflicts.

"Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace" will be the theme for the Jan. 1, 2017 message, the Vatican announced in a short release Friday.

Central Italy hit by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, about 100 miles northeast of Rome in the early hours of Aug. 24. Responding to the devastation, Pope Francis led those gathered in St. Peter's Square in praying the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary rather than delivering his normal address. NCR's Vatican correspondent Joshua J. McElwee and others shared local news on Twitter, which NCR has gathered in this Storify. 
 

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