World Catholicism Week 2019
May 3-5, 2019
In 2017, on the 50th anniversary of the Vatican's first World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis issued the groundbreaking statement, "Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace." It was perhaps the Vatican's first official statement on active nonviolence, and it raises a number of important questions for the world Church: Is God nonviolent, and does God want us to renounce violence as well? In a violent world, does nonviolence work?
In this conference, speakers from around the world—Kenya, India, Brazil, Italy, Croatia, the U.S., and the Philippines—explored these questions through five different lenses, each a different roundtable discussion:
~ theologies of nonviolence
~ martyrdom and the cross
~ practices of nonviolent peacebuilding and the "responsibility to protect"
~ gender and nonviolence
~ grassroots church formation of people in the practice of nonviolence
Keynote speakers were
Mauro Garofalo—Head of International Relations, Community of Sant'Egidio (Rome)
Robert Emmet Meagher—Author, "Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury & Just War" | Professor of humanities, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA, USA)