The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle.
New York -- In response to the pope's Jan. 1 message, advocates for peace-making said nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful and common, violent insurgencies increasingly rare and unsuccessful.
Catholic Education: The Center for Peacemaking is an academic center that focuses on promoting peace and nonviolence in the community.
A quiet movement is underway to reaffirm the central role of active nonviolence practiced by Jesus, as told in the Gospels, and to bring that teaching to a new generation of Catholics.
Initiated by Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement founded after World War II to reconcile French and German citizens, the effort and its promoters ultimately hope to see widespread use of nonviolent responses to aggression.
Pope Francis to diplomats: In a world marked by war, conflict and widespread violence even in people's day-to-day life, "the choice of nonviolence as a style of life is increasingly demanded in the exercise of responsibility at every level, from family education, to social and civil commitment, to political activity and international relations," he said.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is preaching a whole different kind of message than John the Baptist and many of the prophets, and John found it hard to accept."
The Field Hospital: More than 200 people have registered to make a muscular public commitment to "active nonviolence and just peace" on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Burien, Wash.
The Peace Pulpit: "We have to act in the opposite way -- return love for hate, nonviolence for violence."
Making a Difference: The U.S. government and international community need to invest not in weapons, but in training and research on nonviolent resistance strategies.
NCR Editorial: We hope that the people of God consider a new view of peacemaking and nonviolence as essential to their lives as Catholic Christians.