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.
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 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.
A commission of Catholic bishops has called on the European Union to more actively promote peace and reconciliation to ease tensions and conflicts on country borders.
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.
At the Intersection: The problem with peace is that too often in war, the idea of peace is, "My side wins." We have to be smarter than that.
NCR Today: Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan undoubtedly played a role in moving the Catholic church to a more active witness for peace and justice.
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.
Making a Difference: A monumental conference held in Rome sought to deepen the church's commitment to nonviolence, a very personal subject for me.