In his 2017 World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis urged all of us to pray and work diligently to become nonviolent people and build nonviolent communities - artisans of peace.
In light of the Pope’s call, the 2017 focus for the Holy Cross International Justice Office will be
- fostering a deep understanding of the rampant violence we currently experience,
- creating a culture of nonviolence within ourselves, our local communities and our societies, and
- fashioning a “just peace” in global society.
To do this, we will be exploring both violence and nonviolence from the “integral” perspective promoted by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. There he maintains that today’s complex problems can be only be understood and solved by probing and integrating the social, economic, cultural, and environmental dynamics and relationships that create, sustain, and impact the problems.
While that may sound overwhelming, looking at problems, issues, and solutions through these four lenses is actually a simple and fruitful methodology for deepening understanding among yourselves and those with whom you minister. We very much look forward to working with you to internalize this practice and make use of it to foster nonviolence and just peace.