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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:28

Revitalising the tools of nonviolence

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Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150CRA Justice Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc attended the Vatican Conference on Non-Violence and Just Peace in early April 2016 as President of Pax Christi Australia. The three day encounter in Rome brought together some 80 theologians and peace activists from many conflict zones, including Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Colombia, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The goal of this groundbreaking conference was to explore ways in which their positive experiences of non-violent activism can shape theological thinking and Catholic teaching in schools, universities, seminaries and parishes, moving away from 'Just War' towards the concept of a 'Just Peace'.

In a message sent to the meeting Pope Francis praised the initiative of "revitalising the tools of nonviolence".

The conference raised headlines around the world suggesting that the Catholic Church was moving to shift ground on one of it's most venerable teachings, the Just War Doctrine.

Fr Claude was on ABC Radio's "Sunday Nights with John Cleary" on the eve of ANZAC day to talk about the conference and with Rev Dr Chris Walker and Jo Vallentine to rethink the concept of "just war" and the work to pursue peace in the world.

Read "An appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence" - the guiding document produced by the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference.

Listen to the audio recording/MP3 on ABC Radio: Rethinking Just War Theory.

Take a short prayer break now with this 3-minute retreat for peace "On A Peace Mission" through Loyola Press.